Wigan aiming to edge closer to Super League title

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Wigan WarriorsWigan will be hoping to move one step closer to clinching the League Leaders' Shield when they face Castleford in this evening's Super League clash. The Warriors have a three-point lead over the Warrington Wolves (4/1 to Super League Regular Season) at the top of the Super League table with six league games remaining in the regular season.

Shaun Wane's side are the solid favourites to beat the Tigers (+32 Match Handicap) who are 12th in the standings with six victories from their 21 league outings this term. Wane is hoping to utilise 2012 Tour de France winner and Bradley Wiggins as inspiration for his squad with the Team Sky rider a massive Warriors fan.

Former Salford scrum-half Matty Smith makes his home debut for Wigan (-32 Match Handicap), who are without skipper Sean O'Loughlin after he damaged a hamstring in last week's win over London Broncos. Castleford have been hit by the late withdrawal of half-back pair Rangi Chase and Jamie Ellis.They have both failed to recover from leg injuries sustained in Sunday's home defeat by Warrington and the Tigers will also be without hooker Ryan Hudson, who has a stomach bug.

Coach Ian Millward said "It is disappointing that Rangi, Jamie and Ryan won't be available to us tonight. When naming Rangi and Jamie in the squad on Wednesday we were hopeful that they would be right. Our physio and the players themselves have worked really hard but unfortunately they have both failed late fitness tests and are not fit enough to play."

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