Wigan Warriors v Castleford Tigers Betting Preview | 17th September 2017
Rugby tipster Andrew Day takes a look at Sunday’s showdown Wigan Warriors and Castleford Tigers at the DW Stadium.
Super League’s two in-form sides come face-to-face on Saturday at the DW Stadium with Wigan Warriors welcoming the League Leaders Shield winners Castleford Tigers.
What a difference a couple of months makes!
Two month ago, the Cherry & Whites were ninth in the Super League and on a record equalling run of eight games without a win. A return to Old Trafford seemed just a pipe dream.
Since then, Shaun Wane’s men have won eight of their last 10 Super League games, jumped into the top-four and are once again one of the most feared sides in the competition.
Last weekend’s 30-22 win was arguably their poorest performance in their recent good form and even though they won, a much-improved display will be needed here.
Despite a poor performance, Wigan’s left-edge backs of Joe Burgess and Oliver Gildart continued their scintillating form. Two tries from Gildart increased his personal season tally to 11 – which, when added to Burgess’s season total, gives the first-choice left-edge a return of 29 tries this term.
This free-flowing scoring ability is central to another impressive Wigan stat. In the 28 games the Warriors have played this season, they have scored on average 24 points per-game. That stat is bettered only by Wakefield and Sunday’s visitos.
Ass mentioned earlier, Castleford are the team to beat in Super League at the moment with nine victories in their last 10 Super League outings and they are already the deserved winners of the League Leaders Shield.
Their unrivalled scoring ability sees them currently lead the charts in points scored (911), points conceded (468), tries scored (134) and goals kicked (120).
Individually they also boast the league’s leading try scorer in Greg Eden (37) – and the league’s most successful goalkicker in Luke Gale (129). However, the latter has been ruled out through injury.
Castleford have won both encounters this season – including a 27-10 win last time they visited the DW Stadium – and there is no doubting this is a big task for the Warriors.
Wigan fans however, fear not, Castleford will be without a host of first-team players. Coach Daryl Powel this week confirmed that Gale, Jy Hitchcox, Junior Moors, Larne Patrick and Ben Roberts will all be missing.
Even though this is a Castleford squad with plenty of strength in-depth and an ability to score – and score they will – I expect the fact their star half-back pairing are absent will have a big impact on how this one will pan out.
Wigan to come out on top in a tight contest for me with the 1-12 point margin appealing at 39/20.