It’s a case of all the Ws on Thursday evening as Wigan Warriors tackle Warrington Wolves in a clash that could have implications for both sides, for different reasons.
Another win for the Warriors would take them to within two points of Hull in fourth, and with it, condemn Warrington to the Qualifiers – so you could say the pressure is on the visitors most of all for this Super League clash.
However, despite having that looming overhead, Warrington will be boosted by someone who missed out on the Grand Final defeat against the same opponents in October, with Ben Currie likely to return to the line-up.
Currie will be thrown into the deep end as he hasn’t played since September 2016 and it will be interesting to see how he copes with almost a year out of the game due to cruciate ligament damage.
As for Wigan, Sean O’Loughlin could make it 400 games not out for the club is he plays a part against the Wolves.
Liam Marshall will come in for Liam Farrell for the hosts after the latter injured his knee against Catalan Dragons last time out.
Warrington come into this one on the back of a victory against Leigh, but have struggled against sides towards the top of the table
The Head To Heads…
There have been three clashes between these two this year and it’s fair to say Wigan have taken the advantage. They have won two and drawn the other battle and mentally – for both sides – this could have a huge bearing on the match and the way it could go.
Warrington have once been victorious on one occasion out of the last five meetings with Wigan, which will be a concern for coach Tony Smith.
The Two Teams…
Wigan: J. Bateman, J. Burgess, T. Clubb, T. Davies, C. Field, A. Gelling, O. Gildart, W. Isa, T. Leuluai, L. Marshall, M. McIlorum, F-P. Nuuausala, S. O’Loughlin, S. Powell, R. Sutton, T Tautai, S. Tomkins, J. Wells, G. Williams
Warrington: R. Atkins, D. Clark, M. Coouper, B. Currie, K. Gidley, P. Hiku, C. Hill, J. Hughes, B. Jullien, G. King, T. Lineham, D. Patton, J. Philbin, B. Pomeroy, S. Ratchford, A. Savelio, A. Sims, M. Smith, B. Westwood
What We Sayin’?
Sorry Warrington fans, but you may want to look away now. Wigan look imperious and on recent form both in the league and against the Wolves, it’s hard to look past them getting the win. A winning margin of between 11-15 at 6/1 would be our tip for this one.
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