Both Catalans and Wigan will want to use last week’s results as building blocks for the rest of the season.
It was the first win of the Steve McNamara era for the Catalans Dragons but they left it late against bottom side Leigh Centurions. Nevertheless, it keeps their hopes of a top eight finish very much alive – sitting two points off eighth prior to this round of fixtures.
Wigan ended their worst winless run in the league since 1903 with a win over the Widnes Vikings. Warriors boss Shaun Wane – who won’t be present for their trip to France – says there is lots of room for improvement but a win here could generate some momentum. Their last three games in all competitions sees them unbeaten in three and with players returning there are some signs of progression.
The home side have a few suspended with Greg Bird, Ben Garcia and Fouad Yaha all finding themselves in front of the disciplinary panel while Richie Myler and Mika Simon miss out through injury.
Lambert Belmas, Nabil Djalout, Paul Seguier and Lucas Albert all come into the squad for the home side.
Wigan see the return of Taulima Tautai from a calf injury – who takes Lewis Tierney’s place in their 19-man squad, suggesting that Tom Davies will play on the right wing. It’s intriguing that for two consecutive weeks, Davies has been preferred ahead of top scorer Liam Marshall.
As for the betting, Wigan are the favourites and can be found at 2/5 – while Catalans are available at 11/5. They have been given an eight-point start on the handicap in many places at 10/11 – though Betfred have the Dragons at 21/20 at +8.
Wigan are 10/11 to cover it and one would be tempted to back that purely because if there’s one thing consistent by both sides this season, Catalans have a tendency to leak points and even when not playing well Wigan have found ways to score.
As for a winning margin bet – Wigan by 11-15 points at 7/1 looks a reasonable punt.