WARRINGTON Wolves sit joint fourth on the league table for most scheduled Sky Sports fixtures in 2019, writes Nathan Okell.

Castleford Tigers, Catalans Dragons and Wigan Warriors are currently chalked for more televised games than The Wire next season.

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Steve Price's men are lined up for centre stage 10 times, the same amount as Hull FC and one more than 2018 League Leaders' Shield winners St Helens.

In a provisional list that has 21 TV slots still awaiting a fixture allocation, Challenge Cup holders Catalans have been given the most air time with 17.

However the fact that all of the French club's home games are broadcast does distort the figure.

Surprisingly, it is not the current Super League champions Wigan who will be shown the most after the Dragons, with Sky instead favouring Castleford.

Thirteen of the Cas matches have been selected, with Wigan sitting third in the list of televised sides with 12 appearances.

Teams who have a right to feel aggrieved are Salford (four appearances), Huddersfield (six) and Wakefield (seven).

All teams will be shown at the Magic Weekend, with the venue and fixtures to be released in due course.

More televised games will be revealed as the new season progresses.

Warrington Guardian:

Sky TV 2019 appearances table in Full:

Catalans Dragons – 17

Castleford Tigers – 13

Wigan Warriors – 12

Hull FC – 10

Warrington Wolves – 10

Leeds Rhinos – 9

St Helens – 9

Hull KR – 7

London Broncos – 7

Wakefield – 7

Huddersfield Giants – 6

Salford - 4

Three games not to miss at start of 2019 campaign:

Warrington Guardian:

Warrington v Leeds (Sat, Feb 2):

Warrington will go into the new season full of confidence and with a point to prove after reaching the two major finals in 2018.

Unfortunately for The Wire, they could not get over the finishing line, being defeated by Catalans at Wembley and Wigan at Old Trafford.

A lot of expectation is being placed on marquee signing Blake Austin to guide his side to major honours next season, with back-rowers Jason Clark and Matt Davies as well as young hooker Danny walker also looking to make debuts in the game.

After a dire 2018, Leeds will be looking to bounce back and make a statement in coach David Furner’s first game in charge. It will be interesting to see how NRL imports Tui Lolohea and Konrad Hurrell go on their Super League debuts.

St Helens v Wigan (Thurs, Jan 31):

In another epic looking opening round fixture, reigning Super League champions Wigan head to the Totally Wicked Stadium to face 2018 League Leaders' Shield winners St Helens.

Saints were the stand-out team in 2018, but, similar to Warrington, fell apart when it really mattered, being defeated in both major semi-finals.

It will be intriguing to see how Saints cope with the loss of Man of Steel Ben Barba, with seasoned NRL campaigner Lachlan Coote coming in as his replacement.

Equally, Wigan will be missing a number of members of their title winning squad, with England stars John Bateman and Sam Tomkins being the most high profile.

And new Wigan coach Adrian Lam will be looking to put down a marker too.

Wigan v Sydney Roosters (Sun, 17 Feb):

The 2019 World Club Challenge will see Wigan take on Sydney Roosters of Australia.

Roosters have a seemingly endless list of world class players on their roster, including Cooper Cronk, James Tedesco and Jarred Warea-Hargreaves, and it will be a great benchmark to see how the standard of the two competitions compare.

Wigan will have played two Super League games by the time the match-up comes around, while Sydney will still be in pre-season.

The last time the two sides faced-off was in the same fixture in 2014, when Roosters triumphed 36-4 in Australia.

Confirmed Sky televised fixtures in 2019:

Thurs, Jan 31: St Helens v Wigan…7.45pm

Fri, Feb 1: Hull KR v Hull… 7.45pm

Sat, Feb 2: WARRINGTON v Leeds…5.00pm

Thurs, Feb 7: Hull FC v Castleford…7.45pm

Fri, 8 Feb: Wigan v Leeds…7:45pm

Sat, 9 Feb: Catalans v Huddersfield…5.00pm

Sun, 17 Feb: Wigan v Sydney…7.00pm

Thurs, 21 Feb: Wakefield v Catalans…7.45pm

Fri, 22 Feb: St Helens v Leeds…7.45pm

Sat, 23 Feb: London v Castleford…5.00pm

Thurs, 28 Feb: Salford v St Helens…7.45pm

Fri, 1 Mar: Leeds v Wakefield…7.45pm

Sat, 2 Mar: Catalans v WARRINGTON… 5.00pm

Thurs, 7 Mar: WARRINGTON v Castleford…7.45pm

Fri, 8 Mar: Wigan v Huddersfield…7.45pm

Sat, 9 Mar: Catalans v Salford…5.00pm

Thurs, 14 Mar: Huddersfield v St Helens…7.45pm

Fri, 15 Mar: WARRINGTON v Wigan…7.45pm

Thurs, 21 Mar: Wakefield v WARRINGTON…7.45pm

Friday, 22 Mar: Castleford v St Helens…7.45pm

Sat, 23 Mar: Catalans v Leeds…5.00pm

Thurs, 28 Mar: Leeds v Castleford…7.45pm

Friday, 29 Mar: Hull FC v WARRINGTON…7.45pm

Thurs, 4 Apr: Hull KR v Leeds…7.45pm

Fri, 5 Apr: Castleford v Wigan…7.45pm

Sat, 6 Apr: Catalans v St Helens…5.00pm

Thurs, 11 Apr: Huddersfield v Castleford…7.45pm

Friday, 12 Apr: St Helens v WARRINGTON…7.45pm

Sat, 13 Apr: Catalans v Hull FC…5.00pm

Thurs, 18 Apr: Castleford v Wakefield…7.45pm

Good Friday (19 Apr): Hull FC v Hull KR…TBA

Good Friday (19 Apr): Wigan v St Helens…TBA

Easter Monday (22 Apr): Catalans v Castleford…TBA

Sat, 27 Apr: Wigan v Castleford…5.00pm

Thurs, 2 May: Wigan v London…7.45pm

Fri, 3 May: TBA v TBA… 7.45pm

Thurs, 16 May: Leeds v Castleford…7.45pm

Fri, 17 May: TBA v TBA…7.45pm

Sat, 18 May: Catalans v Wigan…5.00pm

Sat, 25 May: (Magic Weekend) TBA

Sun, 26 May: (Magic Weekend) TBA

Thurs, 6 Jun: WARRINGTON v Catalans…7.45pm

Fri, 7 Jun: TBA v TBA…7.45pm

Thurs, 13 Jun: Castleford v Hull FC…7.45pm

Fri, 14 Jun: TBA v TBA…7.45pm

Sat, 15 Jun: Catalans v London…5.00pm

Thurs, 20 Jun: London v Hull KR…7.45pm

Fri, 21 Jun: TBA v TBA…7.45pm

Sat, 22 Jun: Catalans v Hull FC…5.00pm

Thurs, 27 Jun: Hull KR v Hull FC…7.45pm

Fri, 28 Jun: TBA v TBA…7.45pm

Thurs, 4 Jul: Salford v Huddersfield…7.45pm

Friday, 5 Jul: TBA v TBA…7.45pm

Sat, 6 Jul: Catalans v Wakefield…5.00pm

Thurs, 11 Jul: Hull FC v London…7.45pm

Fri, 12 Jul: TBA v TBA…7.45pm

Thurs, 18 Jul: Wigan v Wakefield…7.45pm

Friday, 19 Jul: TBA v TBA…7.45pm

Thurs, 1 Aug: TBA v TBA…7.45pm

Fri, 2 Aug: TBA v TBA…7.45pm

Sat, 3 Aug: Catalans v WARRINGTON…5.00pm

Thurs, 8 Aug: TBA v TBA…7.45pm

Friday, 9 Aug: TBA v TBA…7.45pm

Thurs, 15 Aug: TBA v TBA…7.45pm

Fri, 16 Aug: TBA v TBA…7.45pm

Sat, 17 Aug: Catalans v London…5.00pm

Thurs, 29 Aug: TBA v TBA…7.45pm

Fri, 30 Aug: TBA v TBA…7.45pm

Sat, 31 Aug: Catalans v Hull KR…5.00pm

Thurs, 5 Sep: TBA v TBA…7.45pm

Fri, 6 Sep: TBA v TBA…7.45pm

Thurs, 12 Sep: TBA v TBA…7.45pm

Fri, 13 Sep: TBA v TBA…7.45pm

Sun, 6 Oct: NRL Grand Final

Sat, 12 Oct: Betfred Super League Grand Final