Wigan (@1.44) vs Castleford (@2.75)
12-09-2019

Our Prediction:

Wigan will win

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

Both teams to score looks the best angle into this game as the Rs are showing promise in front of goal but struggling to find a balance at the back. Also, have a look at over 1.5 second-half goals with both teams having played in midweek and being among the smaller squads there could be some tired legs by the end. Wigan have not scored in three but they did invest in good forwards ahead of the deadline and we can not see them failing to net here.

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.

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.

Holmes, who returned to the Cas side a couple of weeks ago after recovering from off-season shoulder surgery, will also be hoping to impress Bennett. He is part of the England Knights Performance squad but will be hoping to play well enough to make the move up to the elite side. Oliver Holmes had similar fortunes when the squad was announced.

The Last Five Games

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.

Hes scored a try in each of Wigans meetings with Catalans this season and will want to better former Warrior Sam Tomkins on Friday night. After making a slow start to the 2019 season, Zak Hardaker has enjoyed a purple patch of late, scoring five tries and providing four assists in his last eight Super League matches. The full-back might not be at his very best just yet but is showing glimpses of the form that saw him win the Man of Steel award in 2015.

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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.

Wigan have been in the news this week, with Shaun Edwards announced as returning to the club as head coach in 2020, and Adrian Lam confirmed as interim coach for 2019. How that press hubbub affects the team will be fascinating to see, with the home fans sure to be pumped up. Its second versus third in rugby leagues Super League this Friday evening, when Wigan Warriors welcome Castleford Tigers to the DW Stadium.

TEAM FORM GUIDE

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.

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.

Heres everything you need to know. Wigan are in red-hot form, whilst the Dragons come in to the game on the back of three consecutive defeats. Wigan Warriors can secure their place in the end of season play-offs, if they beat Catalans Dragons at the DW Stadium on Friday night, with the French sides play-off hopes all but over after they were beaten at home by Hull KR last weekend.