It was a stand-out tie when the draw was made but now it seems like a game that both Warrington and Wigan have to win in order to salvage something from their season.
Barring an improbable run in the Super League for either or both sides – they won’t be contending the Grand Final as they did last season in October.
It’s helpful for both sides that there are some key players returning to the squad. Warrington welcome back Ryan Atkins, Kevin Brown and Kurt Gidley but are without Chris Hill through suspension.
Wigan could welcome up to six players back into their side for the weekend. Sam Tomkins, Anthony Gelling, John Bateman, Sam Powell and Sean O’Loughlin are back in their 19-man squad following injury, while Liam Farrell has returned from suspension.
Both sides will be hoping that a return of their better players will mean a return to better performances.
Wigan started off the week favourites and since the announcement of the squads, their position seems to have strengthened – seeing them as short as 1/2.
Warrington are as long as 15/8. Given that it is a game when confidence could be a huge factor, that is probably a good bet.
The handicap on offer is a six-point start for the home side. You can get Evens on them with SkyBet and Stan James – while Wigan are 6/5 to cover it.
The toss-up nature of this game suggests Warrington’s price is too big, regardless of how many players are returning for both sides. While returning players are a boost for the sides, there’s no guarantee of them hitting the ground running.
That said, if you want to look at the sides winning margin, look for scorelines that could be comfortable.
You can get 9/1 on Wigan to win by 16-20 points, but for the home side to win by a similar scoreline, you can get 18’s.