The Easter weekend is the traditional time for a battle between these two rivals but a summer sizzler is expected at the DW Stadium on Thursday night.
Justin Holbrook’s men narrowly missed out on the Grand Final in 2017 but they look destined for Old Trafford this season after some scintillating displays under the Australian.
St Helens have won 19 of their 21 games in the regular season so far and they are eight points clear of their bitter rivals ahead of this week’s meeting.
Saints have won their last 13 matches in all competitions, with their last defeat coming against Wakefield on April 15. It is also no surprise to see them score the most points this term and they are available at 25/27 on the -6.5 handicap.
Holbrook will be frustrated to lose Zeb Taia ahead of kick off and he will be replaced by back-rower Jack Ashworth as the Merseyside outfit try to win their 13th Super League game in a row.
Wigan will be boosted by the return of former Saints star Joe Greenwood. He has recently returned from injury, while centre Dan Sarginson also returns.
New signing Chris Hankinson is also included just days after leaving Swinton Lions but injuries rule out centre Oliver Gildart, skipper Sean O’Loughlin and half-back George Williams.
With Wigan desperate to prove a point, a close first 40 minutes could be expected as they play in front of their passionate fans.
Shaun Wane will be demanding a blistering start, although their defeat to Huddersfield last week could affect their confidence before Saints eventually take advantage of Wigan’s injuries in the second half.
With Ben Barba still in fine form, Saints will be confident of getting the job done and moving closer to winning the League Leaders’ Shield.
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