Leigh face Wigan in the opening game of Round 18 in Super League on Thursday, with the game arguably carrying even more importance than it usually would.
The Centurions will look to move off the bottom of the table while Wigan urgently need to end a six-game winless run in Super League to ensure they make up some ground on the five sides ahead of them.
The Warriors are the favourites to bring their poor run to an end but they are going to have to do it without Sean O’Loughlin, Liam Farrell and Sam Powell who add to their list of absentees for the time being – though there is a chance of their three-quarter line being strengthened with the return of Oliver Gildart to their squad.
Leigh have plenty of former Wigan players in their line-up, which will no doubt give the contest that little more spice.
The home side are best priced 11/5 to inflict more misery on Shaun Wane’s men, with the Warriors available at 1/2.
The handicap price has changed a little in the week. You could get Leigh +10 at 10/11 earlier on in the week, now it’s a case of +8 at best – which we’d take given recent results for both sides.
If we had to be pushed on winning margin bets, Wigan by 1-5 points is one we’d look at – without necessarily assessing the value of the odds. That’s 13/2, and the same winning margin for Leigh is 15/2.
There is a chance of an element of the wounded animal being on show – so having a Wigan win by 16-20 points win at 7/1 could be worth a small go.