Clashes between Wigan and Warrington rarely disappoint – especially on the big stage and this could be a pivotal game in both side’s seasons.
Following their poor start to the season Warrington have been playing catch-up with the rest and could reduce the gap to their rivals to just two points – and possibly put themselves in a position to be in the mix for a top four finish come the end of the season.
Wigan will be looking to put a bit more breathing space between themselves and Wire – and close the gap on the top four in the knowledge that at least one side ahead of them won’t be winning this weekend.
Earlier on in the week, it seemed Wigan were clear, if only slight, favourites to record their eighth Magic Weekend win. They were 8/13 with Betfred initially, with Warrington at 13/10 – and the Wolves were given a +4 start on the handicap. If you were quick enough to take that price on Warrington, you’ve done well.
The bookies at one point seemed to be pretty split – with one some bookmakers making Wigan favourites, and others saying Warrington. Now, it seems that Warrington are favourites in general – though you can still get them at 21/20 with Betway. Wigan are now best priced 6/5.
Wigan’s injury problems are pretty well documented and a lot will depend on how whatever half-back combination they start with and how they get on, along with the kind of impact Sean O’Loughlin can have on the side. Warrington have a couple of absences of their own so neither side are as strong as they’d like to be but have been boosted by the return of Joe Westerman and Daryl Clark to their 19-man squad.
Warrington have been behind at some stage in every Super League fixture this season – and even though Wigan may be depleted it’s probably something they can ill-afford here. Despite their injuries, Wigan’s squad on paper still looks pretty handy and 6/5 could be tempting.
In terms of margin of victory, if you fancy a Warrington win, a 6-10 margin might be worth looking, at about 13/2. For Wigan it could be the same, though their victories tend to be in double figures. A win by an 11-15 point margin at 10/1 with Paddy Power could take one or two people’s fancy. Though it may be one game to sit out that particular bit of betting, and keep that loose change in your pocket.