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Battle for second as Wigan take on Warrington

| 11.09.2014

The teams in the Super League play-offs are sorted, however the order in which they finish is still to be settled. Wigan Warriors host Warrington Wolves in the last match of the regular campaign, in what is a repeat of last season’s Grand Final, when Wigan secured a 30-16 victory.

Odds-on at 8/15, the Cherry and Whites are the clear favourites, though the Wolves at 6/4 are a respectable price. They have been arguably two of the most consistent teams in the league this term, and boast a lethal duo of try-scorers between them.

Joel Monaghan, however, is out in front of 26, one ahead of Catalans Dragons’ Morgan Escare, while Wigan centre Josh Charnley is languishing behind on 17.

Despite this, the Warriors boast a much better points difference, and this could be the major factor in determining them finishing higher than the Cheshire-based outfit, even though the two clubs have the same amount of points.

Last time out, both sides secured big victories. Wigan crushed Leeds Rhinos 21-6 at home, while Warrington inflicted a similar punishment on top of the table St Helens with a 39-12 win.

There are no surprises perhaps that Charnley heads the betting at 6/1 to grab the first try in front of what will be a full to capacity home crowd, while Monaghan is 7/1 in the same market, having crossed the whitewash on two occasions against the Saints.

Having scored against Leeds, and had a promising performance, Wigan’s Ben Flower is a very respectable price of 5/1 to breach the in-goal area anytime, while Matty Smith who also put four on the board, as well as a drop goal and four conversions, is 10/3 in the same market.

It was, however, Joe Burgess who grabbed the initial try of the match, and as a result is odds-on at 8/11 to do exactly the same against Warrington.

Stefan Ratchford recorded the first four points of the game against St Helens for the Wolves, and he 15/8 to do again against Wigan.



Matt Haynes

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