Wigan Warriors v Castleford Tigers Tips | 20th April 2018 | Sky Sports
RUGBY LEAGUE tipster Andrew Day delivers his best bets from Friday night’s Super League showdown between Wigan Warriors and Castleford.
On Friday night Wigan return to the DW Stadium to face last year’s Grand Finalists Castleford Tigers. Both teams are in the top four in Super League and with the league leaders St Helens last week unexpectedly slipping up, this week provides another opportunity for both teams to close the gap.
- These two faced off three times last season in all competitions with the Tigers getting the better of the Warriors on each occasion, including a humbling 54-4 defeat at the The Mend-A-Hose Jungle.
- In last season’s games, the Warriors scored an average of just 11.3 points.
- In the same games, Wigan conceded a lofty average of 39.6 points.
- Wigan’s top try scorer last season against the Tigers was Morgan Escare with two.
The Warriors followed up back-to-back wins against Hull KR and the Catalan Dragons last weekend with a hard fought – and certainly not pretty – 9–8 victory over last season’s champions, Leeds Rhinos. Despite losing 8–0 with just eight minutes left to play, an Oliver Gildart try and two Sam Tomkins goals ensured the Warriors returned home with the two points.
This week’s task is just as hard, the home side were a clear second best last season when facing the Tigers, however there will be optimism around Wigan’s camp that they are in a much better position than at anytime last season.
Currently second in the table, two points behind league leaders St Helens and with a game in-hand, confidence is certainly high at the DW. Especially as they have an unrivalled points scored per-game average.
Castleford were always going to be hard pressed to repeat the feats of last year, but they have certainly performed better than most had imagined. They have seven wins from their opening nine games, which leaves them fourth in the table – an impressive feat when you consider they have been victims of the weather and as a result have played two games less than the league leaders.
Last weekend saw them comfortably dispatch the Catalan Dragons 4-0 and they will be coming into this one full of confidence too.
Another cracker is in store here, and the Warriors will be hopeful of using their good form to gain some level of revenge after last season’s very one sided results between the two.
Wigan have scored 30+ points in five of their last seven games and in a similar rich vein of scoring form, the Tigers have scored 40+ on the last two outings.
I cannot call this either way, but given the scoring potential of both these sides I think the offer of 10/11 on Over 44.5 Points shows great value.