Warrington Wolves v Wigan Warriors Tips | 1st June 2018
RUGBY LEAGUE tipster Andrew Day delivers his best bets from Saturday’s Challenge Cup showdown between Warringon Wolves and the Wigan Warriors.
This weekend the Warriors travel to the Halliwell Jones stadium to face the Warrington Wolves in the last 16 of the Challenge Cup.
Wolves v Warriors – Key Stats
Amazingly these sides have already faced each other twice this season, with the honours even. Wigan avenged a 16 – 10 defeat on their last visit to the Halliwell Jones with a 38 – 10 win two weeks ago at the DW Stadium.
In last season’s games, the Warriors scored an average of 24.75 points. The trend has continued this season with the current average over two games being 24 points.
In the same games, the Warriors conceded an average of 20.5 points. Wigan’s top try scorer last season against The Wolves was Liam Marshall with eight. Marshall has continued that form this season by scoring in both encounters this season.
Last weekend, the Wolves bounced back from their defeat to Wigan with a confident 30 – 12 win over Hull FC. That win was their 9th in the last 10 and highlights the good form the Wire are currently in.
Former Wigan wing Josh Charnley has hit the ground running at his new club since returning the Rugby League – he has scored seven already – and Wigan will need to ensure a close eye is kept on him this weekend.
The Warriors impressive winning run came to an end last weekend with an error strewn performance at Hull KR. That 24 – 8 defeat was their first in their last seven Super League games and was a disappointing end to what was an eventful week at Wigan.
Manager Shaun Wane announced he will depart the Warriors at the end of the season alongside the already confirmed departures of Sam Tomkins and Ryan Sutton. Fans will be hoping the defeat at Hull KR was a mere blip and not a sign of ‘eyes being taken off the ball’.
They can take heart in Wigan’s love affair over the years with the Challenge Cup. With 19 victories under their belt previously and a semi-final and final appearance in the last two seasons, confidence will be high for another good bash at winning number 20 and ensuring manager Wane leaves the club with silverware.
The previous form when these two meet at the Halliwell Jones suggests a tight fixture with quite a few points scored. Only once in the last four meeting has the winning margin been greater than seven points.
Furthermore, these two met in last seasons Challenge Cup quarter final at the home of the Wolves and, true to form, Wigan won by a single point in a 27 – 26 victory.
Given the form and the fact that after a poor performance, Wigan usually bounce back in spectacular fashion, the offer of Wigan to win by a margin of 1–12 points at 9/4 looks good value and is where my money will be going!