Hull FC v Wigan Warriors will have been fancied as a game that could prove pivotal at the top of the Super League table, but Saturday’s clash will see both sides trying to stay in contention at the top.
Hull have lost each of their last three games, while Wigan are without a win in each of their last four Super League outings.
As a result, it’s probably a hard one for people to call. You never seem to know which Hull side can turn up, while you can’t really mention Wigan without looking at the bodies they have available. Their injury woes have shown signs of easing but they are still without some key players. It must be said that Hull are without at least five frontline players themselves.
A lot of the focus seems to be on how Wigan play when Sean O’Loughlin takes a breather in games as there is a correlation with them surrendering winning positions in their most recent games.
For the visitors, it is a must-win game for them to keep touch with the top four. Hull are a point off third place and sit in fifth, with Wigan a further three points back. If Hull were to end their recent barren run, it would be an uphill task for Shaun Wane’s side to contend for a place in the Grand Final.
But if Hull were to lose, there’d be serious doubts about their credentials too. They were hammered by St Helens, lost at home to newboys Leigh and Catalans – who’ve recently changed coaches – got the better of them late on in an arm-wrestle.
The home side are slight favourites, – though Sky Bet, Stan James and Ladbrokes have priced both sides at 10/11. That’s the best price you will get for Hull, though you can get longer on Wigan at 6/5 with the likes of Bet365 and Betfred. Given the magnitude of the game for the visitors, and that they’ve played some decent rugby in spells, we’d tentatively back Wigan at that price.
Given how crucial the game could be for both sides, 1-5 points margin could be worth looking at for either side. Both Hull 1-5 points and Wigan 1-5 points are offered at 13/2 with BetVictor.
One thing to mention is that both sides have average win margins that fall into the 11-15 points range. Hull are 17/2 with BetVictor to win by that margin – Wigan by 11-15 points is 10/1 with the same company. Either of those two could be worth a look at if you don’t fancy a tight margin of victory.