Wigan are currently on their worst winless league run since 1903 as they host Widnes at the DW Stadium on Sunday.
If you remember, this should have been played earlier on in the season but was switched to Widnes at the last minute because of concerns with the pitch at Wigan. Shaun Wane’s side narrowly won that contest with a late fightback.
He would take any win for his side at the moment as they look to stage a remarkable comeback in terms of their league season – but it would mean starting a long winning run and it has to begin here you’d feel if they are to harbour any hopes of retaining their Super League crown.
Widnes by contrast have found a decent bit of form – having won three of their last four games but all of those victories have been at home. Nevertheless, they will take heart from their two visits to Wigan last season, when they came away with the two points on both occasions.
The Warriors welcome back Anthony Gelling and Tony Clubb to their side. It appears from their 19-man squad list that Liam Marshall, the club’s top scorer, will miss out but on the wing is a position where there seems to be plenty of depth.
Widnes have a couple of absences themselves with Rangi Chase suspended but have far more of their first team players available than they did a few weeks ago. They’ll be confident of making it difficult for their opponents.
The bookies have Wigan as firm favourites. Most places have them at either 1/6 or 1/7 – and you can Widnes at 11/2 with Betway. The Vikings have been given a 16-point start on the handicap at 10/11 with Wigan Evens to cover it with William Hill.
If Wigan can click then that handicap will be firmly in their sights, but Widnes have given a lot of sides a tough time this season, despite their league position and we’d fancy the Vikings on that particular handicap.
When it comes to a winning margin, having a look at Wigan by 11-15 points at 13/2 could be the one.