Wigan Warriors v Salford Red Devils betting preview: price changes as injuries bite

Earlier on this week, Wigan were priced up as favourites for their clash with Salford by Betfred – which we previewed.

For close followers of the Warriors it was pretty well known that they were going to missing some significant players on for Friday’s clash with the Red Devils.

Their coach Shaun Wane told reporters this week: “It’s going to be a very young team and the players are going to have to play well. We’re all very positive at this club, we’ll be absolutely hell bent on getting an unbelievable win on Friday. I’m genuinely excited.”

Excited he may be, but Wigan’s odds have come in, with SkyBet even putting Salford as favourites and Wigan out to 11/10. It seems that since then, there has been some support for the Warriors and they are best priced 10/11.

Earlier this week, Salford were 13/8 with Betfred and were given a +6 start on the handicap. If you manage to back that then you’ve at least got some good value regardless of the result as you won’t find it now.

You can still get good value on the Red Devils with some bookmakers but you might have to be quick! Bet365 are currently offering 6/5 on a Salford win.

Depending on where you look for your handicap betting, you can still get a +2 start on Salford at 10/11 with the likes of Bet365 and Betfred. Wigan are Evens to cover that with Ladbrokes and Coral.

Salford themselves have had their share of problems. They’re without several first team players themselves – the most high profile of which is Justin Carney who was given an eight-game ban for racial abuse.

In recent weeks they have managed to take advantage of sides lower down in the table, and those not at their best. Though Wigan’s youngsters are promising, and will more than likely compete, in the words of their coach it would be ‘unbelievable’ should the home side come away with two points.

If you can get Salford at odds against, it’s seems like a bet you have to take.

In terms of margin of victory betting, if you fancy Wigan to pull it off it would have to be by a slender scoreline. A 1-5 point win at 13/2 (with BetVictor) may be the bet there.

As for Salford, they have shown they can cut loose away from home, but in the main they have won well while leaving some respectability for their opponents. A 6-10 point win at 6/1 could be worth backing while 11-15 points at 17/2 (both with Ladbrokes/Coral) also appeals.


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