Super League: Wigan’s fine form can continue against tame Tigers
Coral sponsored Wigan Warriors have climbed to third in the Super League following three straight wins, and are now 4/1 shots to win the regular season.
Next up for Warriors is a golden opportunity to avenge their loss at Castleford Tigers earlier in the season. Strongly odds-on at 1/8 to do that, Wigan coach Shaun Wane can use the 42-14 defeat in The Jungle to his advantage.
Warriors could hardly be in better form, winning five in six, with four of those coming at their DW Stadium. This resurgent Wigan outfit put an indifferent start to the campaign behind them by recording some big scores, putting 30 points or more on the board in four of those recent triumphs.
Punters can enhance the Warriors to 10/11 if you look at the handicap betting and hand them a 16-point deficit to overcome, which looks more than possible given the form of their two wingers.
Hat-tricks are becoming the order of the day for Super League XX‘s leading try-scorer Joe Burgess (13) and young Dom Manfredi down the opposite flank, who trails his Wigan teammate by two on that chart.
Young Manfredi crossed for back-to-back trebles in his last two home outings, and this is ominous new for Cas. The 21-year-old has been shortened to an odds-on 4/9 price for a try against them anytime. Brilliant Burgess, meanwhile, is a 6/1 shot to go over first after seven in five.
The Tigers start as 5/1 outsiders because of the rich and rampant vein of form the Warriors widemen are currently in. Their own performances on the road, where they have suffered four defeats in six, have left a lot to be desired.
Castleford’s cause is hardly helped by the absence of leading scorer Justin Carney. Centre-cum-winger Michael Shenton, who has five tries this season (but one in the last four), is next best, but holds anytime odds of 13/8.
Carney’s understudy Denny Solomana has not delivered, while James Clare is underwhelming somewhat with just three tries this term so far. As Tigers lack strength in depth without their main man, Wigan can capitalise on this weakness.
Warriors shall still have to shackle Shenton, but have plenty in their own ranks to crush Cas. Punters can feel confident about backing a healthy Wigan to win with a 16-20 points margin a realistic aim at 5/1.