Salford Red Devils v Warrington Wolves Betting Preview | 4th March 2017
SUPER LEAGUE expert Kaine Greenwood (@KaineG23) looks to Saturday’s game between Salford and Warrington for the best betting value this weekend.
Warrington head to the AJ Bell Stadium on the back of defeat to Castleford and are still looking for their first two points of Super League 2017.
The Wolves were impressive in blowing away Brisbane Broncos in a first-half burst a week previously but were on the receiving end of an eight-minute, 22-point spell against the Tigers.
Salford themselves have lost two games at the beginning of this campaign, mostly recently against Leeds. The Red Devils can perhaps feel hard done by there however as Liam Sutcliffe’s late match-winning try was proceeded by an obvious forward pass.
In the spells where the Red Devils have been at their best so far this season it has been a former Warrington man that has been at the heart of things.
Gareth O’Brien is now established as a full-back after leaving the Wolves’ ranks and is thriving. He has hit his straps early after being the man who secured the club’s Super League status in the “Million Pound Game” last year and already has three tries and two assists to his name from the deepest part of the backline.
This as well as producing two man-of-the-match displays for the club who have in turn won four of their six halves of rugby league far this season.
Ian Watson’s side have only triumphed once however, recording their only win (1-2) when O’Brien contributed 22 points in a 30-20 victory away against the Huddersfield Giants.
While they have chalked up an average of 20-points-per-game to date only the returning Leigh have shipped more points-against (77) in the opening three rounds than the Red Devils’ 66, which illustrates they remain susceptible in their defensive structure.
They remain without Ben Murdoch-Masila who is still a overcoming injury and Todd Carney is still not of the required fitness to lace up for his new side. On the injury front for Warrington there is postive news as the influential Kurt Gidley is set to return to the fold.
The Wolves are quite simply just a different team when the 34-year-old Aussie is within their ranks and this round will see him return after missing the Castleford Tigers fixture.
He can provide the base from which Daryl Clark can make killer metres – 208 to date – that set the speed and tone of the game with a strong visiting pack also likely to overpower their opponents.
History shows that Warrington are to be favoured here as they go for their eighth consecutive league win over Salford and while the start to their League Leaders’ defence has been the polar-opposite of perfect I expect them to pick up the mantle in the kind of fashion that we have seen in many of the previous ties over the Super League era.
I’m backing Tony Smith’s men to win by at least eight points in fits with their usually high-scoring nature and is aided by a leaky hosting defence.
We can be with an 1.87 offering from 188BET on a -7.5 head-start for the Wolves that has landed in eight of the last nine head-to-heads. Get with it!
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