Widnes Vikings v Bradford Bulls: Super League preview
Last Updated: 08/03/13 1:20pm
Bradford Bulls will look to stretch their winning streak to five games over opponents Widnes at the Stobart Stadium on Friday.
Francis Cummins' men will be confident of securing maximum points as the hosts' last win against the Bulls came in 2005.
Vikings' coach Denis Betts has been forced into making changes to his 19-man squad following his side's excellent 36-16 home win over Hull FC.
He brings in full-back Shaun Briscoe and three-quarter Willie Isa, along with forwards Dave Allen, Magraff Leuluai and Phil Joseph, following the loss of centres Cameron Phelps and Stefan Marsh and stand-off Kevin Brown to injury.
The Bulls are unchanged from their impressive 43-18 win over table toppers Huddersfield Giants last time out.
Bradford expect hooker Matt Diskin to return after missing the win over Huddersfield with a dead leg, while prop Manase Manuokafoa is hoping to shake off a shoulder knock sustained against the Giants.
Cummins is wary of a Widnes side that picked up a good win against Hull FC last weekend and expects them to be a big threat.
He said: "They had what is probably the best win of the season for them and probably for a while, so they will be coming into this game full of confidence.
"They showed some real attacking flair last week and they are a big threat to us, one because of the short turnaround but also the fact that they put thirty points past a team as good as Hull."
Widnes squad: Ah Van, Allen, Briscoe, Cahill, Clarke, Cross, Dean, Flynn, Gerrard, Hanbury, Hock, Isa, Joesph, Kavanagh, Leuluai, Mellor, O'Carroll, White, Winterstein
Bradford squad: Donaldson, Sidlow, O'Brien, Manuokafoa, Langley, Diskin, Kearney, Scruton, L'Estrange, Blythe, Lulia, Whitehead, Kear, Sammut, Addy, Olbison, Walker, Murphy, Foster
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Wed 1st Jul
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Thu 2nd Jul
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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
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Fri 10th Jul
St Helens0 - 0Huddersfield Giants
Sun 12th Jul
Hull FC0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Salford Red Devils0 - 0Hull K R
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Warrington Wolves
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Thu 16th Jul
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Fri 17th Jul
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Leeds Rhinos0 - 0Salford Red Devils
Wigan Warriors0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Sat 18th Jul
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Sun 19th Jul
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Thu 23rd Jul
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Fri 24th Jul
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Sun 26th Jul
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Leeds Rhinos0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Widnes Vikings0 - 0Salford Red Devils
Castleford Tigers0 - 0Warrington Wolves
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