Widnes host arch-rivals Warrington on Friday at the Select Security Stadium, looking to get revenge for the Good Friday defeat to Tony Smith’s men.
A win for Denis Betts’ men would take them to within two points of leaders Warrington, and would end a fruitless recent Super League run of four straight defeats.
A win for Warrington would consolidate their position at the top of the tree following two successive defeats.
The Wolves have been unstoppable at times this season, but have fallen flat at times since losing star half-back Chris Sandow to a hamstring injury.
Sandow has been absent from his side’s last two fixtures, fixtures which have returned no points and two successive defeats, including an 11-0 loss to bottom club Huddersfield.
The winner of Player of the Month for both February and March will be missing again for Friday’s game, which means Warrington will have to rely on the vastly experienced Kurt Gidley for their creative abilities.
Widnes centre Charly Runciman returns to the side this week following a long spell out with injury – his last game was the victory over Wigan at the DW Stadium.
Winger Corey Thompson will also be a threat in Friday’s game – the Australian has thirteen tries in all competitions this season. Thompson was quiet in the Good Friday derby, but will be bolstered by the return of Kevin Brown to support his attacking contributions.
Widnes Vikings 19-man squad
Bridge, Brown, Cahill, Chamberlain, Dean, Dudson, Hanbury, Heremaia, Houston, Leuluai, Manuokafoa, Marsh, Mellor, O’Carroll, Sa, Thompson, White, Whitley
Warrington Wolves 19-man squad
Atkins, Clark, Cox, Currie, Evans, Gidley, Hill, Hughes, Johnson, Jullien, King, Lineham, Penny, Ratchford, Russell, Sims, Westerman, Westwood, Wilde