Wolves v Warriors: Teams
At Halliwell Jones Stadium, Saturday August 11, kick-off 4.45pm
Last Updated: 10/08/12 4:13pm
Second take on first when Tony Smith's Warrington host local rivals Wigan in Saturday's sole Stobart Super League match.
Just three points separate the sides and victory for the Wolves would take them within a point of Shaun Wane's pace-setters.
Prop Garreth Carvell and loose forward Ben Harrison return to a full-strength team after being rested for the win over St Helens.
Head coach Smith admits Wigan deserve to be top of the league with Sam Tomkins leading from the front.
"They're not sitting in number one by coincidence," he said. "They deserve to be there.
"They've a formula they like to play by and then you throw Sam Tomkins on top of that. He can produce some of the most spectacular rugby league, the most dangerous rugby league of any player in the world at times.
"That's exciting and I love watching Sam play. We'll be doing everything we can to keep him as quiet as possible and that's all you can do.
"I don't think you can take Sam away from playing good rugby league. Even on days when he's quieter than others, he still plays well."
Wigan have centre Darrell Goulding back after recovering from concussion while forwards Ben Flower and Paul Prescott return in place of Harrison Hansen and Chris Tuson, who picked up knocks in the win over Hull.
With Brett Finch still sidelined with hamstring trouble, Sam Powell looks set to keep his place after an impressive debut.
Coach Wane has pinpointed evergreen stand-off Lee Briers as the main threat to his side.
Briers, who was a tryscorer in his side's 22-20 win at the DW Stadium in March, was in superb form in the Wolves' convincing 22-12 victory over St Helens on Monday.
"I was really impressed with Warrington on Monday," Wane said. "Our aim on Saturday is to go set for set with them and not allow them to get into a lead which is what we look to do.
"In the first 25 minutes I am expecting the score to be really low. Lee Briers and Richie Myler are the two main players, especially Lee. A lot of Warrington's quality comes through him."
Warrington squad: Atkins, Briers, Carvell, Cooper, Grix, Harrison, Higham, Hill, Hodgson, McCarthy, J. Monaghan, M. Monaghan, Morley, Myler, Ratchford, Riley, Waterhouse, Westwood, Wood.
Wigan squad: Carmont, Charnley, Crosby, Farrell, Flower, Goulding, Hock, Hughes, Lauaki, Lima, McIlorum, Mossop, O'Loughlin, Powell, Prescott, Smith, Spencer, Thornley, S. Tomkins.
First Utility Super League
Tue 30th Jun
Hull K R34 - 28Salford Red Devils
Wed 1st Jul
Wakefield WildcatsvsHull FC
Thu 2nd Jul
Warrington WolvesvsWigan Warriors
Fri 3rd Jul
Leeds RhinosvsSt Helens
Sun 5th Jul
Huddersfield Giants0 - 0Hull K R
Hull FC0 - 0Wakefield Wildcats
Salford Red Devils0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Castleford Tigers0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Thu 9th Jul
Wigan WarriorsvsLeeds Rhinos
Fri 10th Jul
St Helens0 - 0Huddersfield Giants
Sun 12th Jul
Hull FC0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Salford Red Devils0 - 0Hull K R
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Widnes Vikings0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Thu 16th Jul
Warrington WolvesvsSt Helens
Fri 17th Jul
Hull K RvsHull FC
Leeds Rhinos0 - 0Salford Red Devils
Wigan Warriors0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Sat 18th Jul
Catalans DragonsvsHuddersfield Giants
Sun 19th Jul
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Thu 23rd Jul
Hull FCvsWigan Warriors
Fri 24th Jul
St Helens0 - 0Hull K R
Sun 26th Jul
Huddersfield Giants0 - 0Wakefield Wildcats
Leeds Rhinos0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Widnes Vikings0 - 0Salford Red Devils
Castleford Tigers0 - 0Warrington Wolves