WEATHER permitting Saints will again be backed by a large travelling contingent for tonight’s trip down the East Lancs Road to face Leigh Leopards at Leigh Sports Village.

The snowy conditions will be monitored today and we’ll get an update of any inspection details as soon as they are available.

The forecast moving throughout the day does appear to be more positive after last night’s flurry caused disruption across the region.

Game-wise Saints have skipper James Roby and prop Agnatius Paasi back after missing the last two games.

Will Hopoate is still out but is expected to return next week for the home clash with Hull.

Saints will be looking to bounce back after last week’s late defeat at home to Leeds.

But Wellens also expects Leigh to come in with a bit of bounce after their late win last week at Hull KR.

He said: "Regardless of Leigh had won or lost last week, they were always going to be up for this game.

"Winning last week will give them huge confidence - and that will make for a really good game at the weekend.

"A lot of people were too quick to talk Leigh down at the start of the year.

"If you look at their playing roster and their playing experience of knowing what it takes to win at this level, there’s plenty of that in their team.

"We know what we are coming up against."

Saints 21 man squad v Leigh.

1. Jack Welsby, 2. Tommy Makinson, 4. Mark Percival, 5. Jon Bennison, 6. Jonny Lomax, 7. Lewis Dodd, 8. Alex Walmsley, 9. James Roby, 10. Matty Lees, 13. Morgan Knowles, 14. Joey Lussick, 15. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 17. Agnatius Paasi, 18. Jake Wingfield, 19. James Bell, 20. Dan Norman, 21. Ben Davies,22. Sam Royle, 24. Lewis Baxter, 25. Tee Ritson, 34. Wesley Bruines.

Bruines, who joined the Saints in the off-season, is added to the squad for the first time.

He scored a hat-trick in the Reserves 72-4 win against Newcastle Thunder at the weekend.

Likely Saints team v Leigh Leopards.

If all fit, expect a team that looks like: Welsby; Makinson, Davies, Percival, Bennison/Ritson; Lomax, Dodd; Walmsley, Roby, Lees, Wingfield, Bell, Knowles. Subs: Lussick, McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Norman, Royle.

Off the field Saints sold out their initial 1,900 South Stand allocation and then the additional batch of East Stand tickets have flown out with fans now advised to check the ticket portal on the website for availability.

The game is not being televised - and any last remaining tickets will go offsale at Saints at noon today.

Leigh have booked in 1980s and 90s chart-band T’Pau with lead singer Carol Decker to entertain before the game.

It will be a packed house and an electric atmosphere for this local derby, kicking off at LSV at 8pm.

Saints and Leigh have faced each seven times in Super League, Saints winning six.

Leigh’s only win came in 2017 when the hosts rocked the visitors with a first half blitz.

Saints biggest score against Leigh came back in 2005 at their former home, Hilton Park, in a demolition 4-78.

Last 10 meetings between St Helens v Leigh.

St Helens 42, Leigh 12 (SLR21, 26/8/21).

Leigh 12, St Helens 22 (SLR5, 30/4/21).

St Helens 28, Leigh 6 (SLR12, 28/4/17).

Leigh 24, St Helens 16 (SLR2, 24/2/17).

Leigh 4, St Helens 78 (SLR26, 4/9/05) (at Hilton Park).

Leigh 20, St Helens 27 (SLR22, 22/7/05) (at Hilton Park).

St Helens 60, Leigh 16 (SLR9, 8/4/05) (at Knowsley Road).

Leigh 21, St Helens 4 (SBC, 23/1/94) (at Hilton Park).

St Helens 34, Leigh 16 (SBC, 19/9/93) (at Knowsley Road).

St Helens 64, Leigh 9 (SBC, 6/1/93) (at Knowsley Road).