Looking at the league table, it’s highly likely that Warrington and Leigh will meet for a third time this season when the league splits – only in the Middle 8s.
It’s of little surprise that Leigh will be involved there given they’re the league’s new boys but it shows how bad a season it has been for Warrington that they need to win here to keep their hopes of appearing in the Super 8s alive.
Wire have lost six of their last seven in all competitions – with a win over a struggling Catalans side a couple of weeks ago proving their only respite of late. They’re currently three points off the top eight and need to find some form.
Their 19-man squad has been freshened up a little with the inclusion of Ben Westwood, Declan Patton and Tom Lineham – while new signing Ben Pomeroy could make his bow.
Leigh’s hopes of a top eight finish were dashed last week when they were beaten late on in a high scoring encounter away to Catalans – but they will try and get themselves as favourable a hand as possible for the Middle 8s. A win would take them just two points behind Warrington.
The home side are the favourites at 4/9 – and you can find the Centurions at 9/4. The visitors have also been given an eight-point start on the handicap.
Warrington haven’t been clicking much going forward in recent weeks, and Leigh could make this one close – so backing them on the handicap seems to be the logical bet so we’d go for that at 10/11.
In terms of a winning margin bets – Warrington by 1-5 points looks logical and available at 13/2 – but if Leigh were to do the double over the Wolves, one wouldn’t be surprised if they put a bit of daylight between them. A Leigh win by 11-15 points at 16/1 could be worth a small go.