Wigan Warriors v Warrington Wolves Tips | 7th July 2018
RUGBY LEAGUE tipster Andrew Day delivers his best bets from Friday’s Super League showdown between Wigan Warriors and Warrington Wolves.
This weekend the Warriors host local rivals Warrington Wolves in a blockbuster fixture which sees the leagues 2nd and 3rd place teams lock horns.
The sides have faced each other three times this season, with Warrington currently holding the bragging rights with 2 wins to 1. Wigan’s sole win was the last time these two met at the DW Stadium – a 38 – 10 win in Round 15 back in May.
In this season’s games, the Warriors scored an average of 16 points.
In the same games, the Warriors conceded an average of 16.3 points.
Wigan’s top try scorer so far this season against Warrington is Liam Marshall with 2.
The Warriors have recovered from their dramatic drop in form – just. They still remain patchy – they have only won two of their last six games in all competitions – but last weeks impressive 46 – 8 victory over last years Champions showed signs that there are more ups than downs on the horizon.
Last week also saw one of this seasons stand out performers continue his try scoring form. A hat trick from Liam Marshall – the 2nd time he has achieved that feat this season – helped Wigan chalk up such a commanding score. That treble meant Marshall has now scored 15 tries this season and despite Wigan’s slump in form he is now 3rd in the leagues top try scorer charts.
In further positive news last week, Wigan star Sam Tomkins surpassed 1,000 points for the Warriors. Arguably more importantly however, his improved goal scoring record means he has chalked up 164 points this season and Wigan will be hopefully he can continue this form into the Super 8s.
Warrington are in great form, with only 2 defeats in their last 12 Super League games. One of those was against last years Grand Finalists Castleford Tigers and the other – which Wigan will take great heart from – was their last visit to the DW Stadium.
The previous form when these two meet suggests a fixture with plenty of points scored – the average total match points in Warrington’s last 4 visits is 41.5 points.
Wigan also have a better points scoring record – 517 this season and will be looking to use this point scoring power to take advantage of a Warrington defence that has conceded an average of 25.6 points in their last 5 games.
I fancy the Warriors to come out on top here but by a close margin – 4 of the last 5 games have been settled by a margin of 6 points or less – and I expect a similar outcome here.