It’s a case of home sweet home for Wigan after a nightmare last 6 weeks. Since they beat Warrington at magic Shaun Wane’s side have lost 5 out of 6 in League and Cup, losing ground to leaders St Helens and going out of the Challenge Cup to Wire.
All those games though were away from home and tonight the Warriors take on Champions Leeds at the DW where they are unbeaten this season.
With the Rhinos on a 6 game losing run it’ll be a shock if that unbeaten run goes tonight.
It seems the England contingent for both sides have recovered from the Denver test, with Myler also back for Leeds, but it’d be a surprise if O’loughlin plays.
Defeat here could see the injury hit Rhinos drop into the bottom 4 and the bookies make Wigan 1/3 favourites to pile the pressure on Brian Mac with a home win.
It’s hard to see Leeds landing odds of around 11/4 to be the 1st visitors to win at the DW Stadium this year but I think Leeds can keep it close by staying inside the 10 point handicap.
Wigan won by a drop goal at Headingley earlier in this season and whilst this probably won’t be as close as that I think Leeds can stay inside 2 scores.
The Champions gave leaders St Helens a real scare 2 weeks ago and possibly should have beaten them, , in fact their last 3 defeats have all been inside 10 points.
The last gasp defeat at Castleford last week has ended any chance Wigan had of catching Saints but a win here will all but guarantee a top 4 finish as we head towards the Super 8.
A home win by around 6-10 points is about where I see this ending up.
Liam Marshall would be my pick at 10/1 to score the 1st try, Ryan Hall also looks good value at 16/1 following his great finish in Denver last Saturday.
On Friday night Rugby St Helens will be looking to move a step closer to the league leaders shield as they entertain Wakefield.
Trinity were dealt a huge blow this week as they confirmed that influential captain Danny Kirmond is likely to miss the rest of the season, and whilst it shouldn’t affect the result here too much that will hurt them as we get to the business end of the season.
No surprise here that the bookies have Saints clear 1/5 favourites to win this, with a shock away win around 4/1.
With the odds so one sided the only real question here is can Saints cover the 14 point handicap and I think they can.
Trinity lost by 12 points at Wigan earlier this season and the task here is even greater.
The redvee are usually very reliable home favourites and Trinity are usually a better side at home.
Only Leeds have won at Langtree Park this season and I think Saints can win again by around 16-20 points.
Makinson scored a try on debut for England last week and he’d be my 1st try pick at around 10/1. Wakefield flyer Tom Johnstone is available at around 14/1.
Castleford go to South of France on Saturday, as always please gamble responsibly