Wigan (@1.44) vs Castleford (@2.75)

Our Prediction:

Wigan will win

Wigan – Castleford Match Prediction | 12-09-2019 14:45

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Despite the five-goal thriller Wigan were involved on the opening day they are not blessed with goalscorers and nor are Preston so back a home win and under 3.5 goals in the match. Bookmakers make North-End the favourites to come out on top in this Lancashire derby and it is hard to argue with this assesment. The home side look the call here given how poor the visitors were on the road last season losing 16 of 23.

MATCH PREVIEW | Wigan Warriors vs Catalans Dragons

Welsh prop Ben Flower is in line to make his 150th appearance for the Warriors, if selected. Academy prop Oliver Partington could make his first-team debut on Friday evening. Stand-off George Williams and front rower Ryan Sutton are set to return to Wanes squad after injury. John Bateman should also feature, after this week it was confirmed that he is heading to the NRL next season to join Canberra Raiders.

Overall, during the Super League era, Wigan have won 32 games, Castelford have won 15, and there have been three draws. These two sides have met twice in 2017, with each team having won once. The first encounter was in April and was a home game for Wigan. Jamie Ellis slotted a last minute drop goal for Cas to seal the win after an exciting game. The Warriors won 28-12 at the DW Stadium. The second game was at Castlefords Mend-A-Hose Jungle in June, and the Tigers took the win by a single point, with the scoreline being 19-18.

The sides faced off three times last season with Wigan victorious in two games, beating the Tigers 28-12 at the DW Stadium in April as well as 14-0 in October to take them through to the Grand Final. Castleford did manage to gain a 19-18 win at home last June, when both sides had to contend with players missing due to England call-ups.

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The two sides met in a historic clash at Barcelonas Nou Camp stadium back in May, with the fixture achieving a record attendance for a Super League match, as Catalans ran out 33-16 winners thanks to two tries from David Mead and the boot of Tony Gigot. Wigan ran out comfortable winners in their first meeting of the season, claiming a 42-0 success at the DW Stadium in March, with Joe Burgess scoring a hat-trick.

Catalans season has tailed off in the last few weeks, having been well-placed for a top-five finish at the start of August. They suffered a disappointing 24-6 home defeat to relegation threatened Hull KR last weekend, having lost their previous two Super League matches to London Broncos and Leeds Rhinos respectively. The French side must now aim to finish the season strongly with a sixth-place finish looking their best bet with two matches left to play in 2019.

Daryl Powells Castleford side could leapfrog Wigan into second place in the Super League table with a victory in Lancashire on Friday evening. His side are also feeling a little fresher, after having a week off last week due to the Challenge Cup semi-finals. Powell has spoken to the local press in West Yorkshire this week about how his side are targeting the next three matches in their campaign as crucial, starting with this game against Wigan.

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They are also a point ahead of Fridays opponents Castleford. The Warriors have not looked at their best this season, and there have been some behind the scenes issues which seem to have affected performances. Winning this game would be an important step towards guaranteeing a home semi-final when the play-offs roll around. Shaun Wanes Wigan team are currently in second place in the Super League table, 10 points behind fierce local rivals St Helens. Wane, who is departing the club at the end of the season, will also want to make sure he leaves the club on as high a note as possible. Theyre still in second place, though, and have every chance of reaching the Grand Final at the end of the season.

They have a good short-odds option on offer, in the form of a price of 10/11 on Wigan winning with a -4.0 point handicap. Finally, at Ladbrokes, there is a good long-odds option in place, with a price of 6/1 on Cas winning by one to five points. If you have been reading the Wigan Warriors vs Castleford Tigers match previews this week, and youre thinking about placing a bet or two, then start at Coral. Meanwhile, at William Hill, you can back our prediction of a Wigan win by one to five points at odds of 5/1.

This is a hugely difficult match to predict for a number of reasons. The final game of the 3 games in a week is always a battle for fatigue as much as it is form but when you add in the unpredictable nature of these 2 sides this season and you get a game that could be close from start to finish or either team could run away with it.

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The DW Stadium looks set to be rocking on Friday night, and, with the Warriors being a team who tend to thrive on hometown passion, that could be enough to haul Wanes team over the winning line. The prediction is that this will be a very close game, and home advantage might be what decides it in the end. Cas are no mugs, though, and can play lovely rugby league when they want to. But this one looks like being a Wigan win, by a margin of one to five points. Wigan have enjoyed a tumultuous week, with the news that Shaun Edwards will be returning to the club, and this is sure to give the fans some extra juice.