Wigan host fierce rivals St Helens on Super League derby day
Following a 14-6 Grand Final defeat last season, Wigan are odds-on at 5/6 with shirt sponsors Coral to get revenge against rivals St Helens, though have won the last five Good Friday fixtures against them.
New close-season signing Larne Patrick is in line to make his debut for the Warriors, and is predicting a Grand Final-type atmosphere.
“There are no bigger games than Wigan-Saints, and the atmosphere will be like a Grand Final,” said Patrick, who is 9/2 to score in the anytime market.
“It’s obviously a first for me, and I’m really looking forward to it. Everyone knows how big this game is, the lads have told me what to expect. Wigan have a great record over the Easter period and so hopefully we can carry that on.”
The Cherry and Whites got back to winning ways in resounding circumstances last time out, with a handsome 52-10 home win over Wakefield, and this plus being at home could well be the contributory factor to a Wigan victory.
“That’ll go a long way towards it, definitely,” Patrick continued. “We need to do the one per cent-ers, all the little efforts, they all add up.”
Both Dom Manfredi and Liam Farrell crossed twice against the West Yorkshire outfit, while Anthony Gelling was the stand-out player with a hat-trick.
Farrell is great value at 2/1 in the anytime market, while Manfredi and Gelling are both 10/1 to score the first try.
Saints’ 100 per cent record was ended on Humberside last time out as they lost in a narrow 24-22 defeat to Hull KR. However, they will be more than motivated for the Good Friday clash, and coach Keiron Cunningham says this is more than just about two points.
“Every time you play in a Saints v Wigan fixture it is like a Grand Final because it means so much to both team,” he said.
“The rivalry is healthy and the fans don’t cross the line with aggression. I am friends with [Shaun] Waney and we speak quite a lot and I ask his advice. He is passionate and wants to win the game, as am I, but as soon as it is over we will shake hands and reflect on the game.
“You are brought up with that passion of playing against Wigan and vice versa. You see how passionate Waney is about beating Saints. I am just the same about my club.”
Both Jordan Turner (six tries) and Tommy Makinson (five tries) scored last time out, and will be key for the visitors, if they are to leave the DW with two points. They are 12/1 and 7/1 respectively to breach the whitewash first.