Wigan Warriors v Leeds Rhinos Betting Preview | 21st July 2017
Rugby tipster Andrew Day takes a look at Friday night’s Wigan Warriors v Leeds Rhinos Super League clash.
The final stage of the Super League season is upon us this weekend, with the league splitting into the Super 8s stage next week.
Wigan welcome old rivals Leeds Rhinos to the DW Stadium in what has become a must win fixture for the Warriors.
Last weekend, in a tight contest that was only decided by two late penalties, Wigan lost 16-10 to Warrington in a performance head coach Shaun Wane described as “deeply disappointing”.
Wane pulled no punches when saying, “I am really angry, and the players know that”. So it is safe to say the squad will be suitable focused for this.
A victory against the ninth-placed Wolves would have secured Wigan a joint-sixth at worst but now the Cherry & Whites are facing up to the possibility of starting the Super 8s bottom of the pile, needing a minor miracle to qualify for the top-four.
For that scenario to play out positivity, the Warriors simply have to beat Leeds on Friday night.
The Rhinos were victorious in another tight affair last weekend against Hull. That 10-7 win cemented a second-placed finish before the Super 8s and with it, a fantastic chance of getting to Old Trafford in October.
Leeds have been running hot in the last couple of months, recording six wins in their last eight games, scoring an average of 23 points in the process.
However, the W last time out came at a cost. Injuries to key players Kallum Watkins and Ryan Hall – who join fellow senior players Danny McGuire and Rob Burrow on the sidelines – mean the Rhinos will be without 13 first team players for this one.
A Tight Affair
The previous meeting between these two sides in March saw Leeds claim a 26-18 victory and the Warriors will be looking to reverse that scoreline in front of their own fans.
The pressure is however, very much on Wigan and whilst Leeds are without plenty of first team players, they have one of the most celebrated academies in the country and the replacements will be more than able.
It is for that reason that – whilst I expect Wigan to win and put pressure on Huddersfield and St Helens above them in the table – I do not think they will win by the margins the bookmakers are predicting.
Therefore, 188BET’s offer of 10/11 for Leeds to win with a handicap start of +17.5 is excellent value and should be secured early.