Warrington Wolves v Wigan Warriors Betting Preview | 9th March 2017 | Sky Sports 3

SUPER LEAGUE expert Kaine Greenwood (@KaineG23) previews Wigan’s latest game of the 2017 season, picking out his best bets from Friday trip to Warrington.

Warrington v Wigan | Thursday 20:00 | Sky Sports 3

The top two of 2016 meet for the first time in Super League XXII and renew the rivalry that was the finale to all in the previous campaign when Wigan took the Super League crown.

How they meet isn’t the same however! Warrington lost just four of the 19 games proceeding their Grand Final match-up with the Warriors but have already suffered three defeats to kick-off this season.

Their last defeat against Salford was a little surprising considering their positive record against the Red Devils and the fact they held a half-time lead but is perhaps a sign of how they haven’t hit off like the seven-unbeaten start to ’16.

It is fair to say, though, that the Wolves’ current league placing is not one we should expect to be continued throughout the campaign and they represent Wigan’s biggest challenge of the season thus far – though a blow-out victory like the 40-10 result Warrington achieved on this patch in April last year as part of a storming start to their season then isn’t expected now, even as an injury-hit opposition side is set to visit.

Frankly the only reason the Warriors are not odds-on for this game considering the relative starts of the two clubs is because of the injuries. With Joe Burgess, Lewis Tierney and Ryan Sutton all joining the casualty list from the impressive win over Leigh, the champions are now without nearly a starting 13 of names including John Bateman, Jake Shorrocks, Oliver Gildart and longer-term absentees Sam Tomkins and Dom Manfredi.

While the loss of such talent is a concern for the Warriors in this clash, Shaun Wane’s side have a knack of producing results when least expected.

The Grand Final victory over the Wolves was once such example of this where the Cherry and Whites overcame the odds and injuries to produce the goods and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see them do so again considering they are facing a home side who have yet to get off the board and will feel the pressure of the home support should they not start well.

The Wolves also have their own squad concerns with Matty Russell set to be tested pre-game while the King brothers, Toby and George, are joined on the sidelines this week by former Wiganer Dom Crosby who is on paternity leave.

The Warriors are the epitome of a side that grind out results and they have done so a couple of times already this season to maintain their unbeaten start.

There is a ‘next man up’ mantra about the Lancastrians too and this will be illustrated again in this round with Liam Forsyth, Tom Davies and Romain Navarette all possible debutants. Everything about the Warriors is positive at the moment. I favour this to continue.

There is a lot to be said for confidence and these two sides are at the opposite ends of the spectrum right now so it is tough to get away from a Wigan win at 2.32 but I suggest we search for the bigger money too in taking the Warriors to win by 1-12 in what should be a tight affair.

In fact, it seems to be a seasonal theme so far as Wigan have won a couple by that margin already and the Wolves have been defeated in all of their games by within this. If we then add in that 15/23 games won by Shaun Wane’s side last year were by 1-12 (10 away) then the 3.60 is the real value on the 188BET book to me.

It would be a third-straight repeat versus the Primrose and Blue added into the bargain!

Wigan Warriors – the ultimate cherry-pickers of a result? I think so here.

Best Bets

Warrington v Wigan – Wigan to win by 1-12 (3.60)

Warrington v Wigan – Wigan to win (2.32)