Castleford to restore some pride
The Castleford Tigers last week were humiliated by the Leeds Rhinos at Headingley. They now entertain the Wigan Warriors at the Jungle.
Castleford's 76-12 defeat was the highest ever win for Leeds at Headingley. Coach Terry Matterson described the performance as unacceptable so you can expect the Tigers to be determined to prove a point.
The Tigers are the underdogs at 6/4 in the betting with Wigan 1/2 favourites and the draw available at 18/1.
On the main handicap line Castleford are given a six-point start with both sides priced at 10/11 and the draw 14/1.
Castleford on the handicap looks the bet as they will want to restore some pride, especially in front of their home fans.
They have the added bonus of having a full-strength squad as scrum-half Brent Sherwin returns after an 11-game absence. Also returning to the squad are winger Kirk Dixon and full-back Richard Owen after they both missed the humiliating defeat to Leeds.
Wigan will be no pushovers though after they restored some pride of their own by dispatching Warrington 36-12 last week, thus gaining revenge for their Challenge Cup semi-final defeat to the Wolves.
Stuart Fielden and Iafeta Paleaaesina needed big performances after they were dominated by Warrington in the semi and they delivered, the question is though can they perform again this week?
The Wire looked noticeably tired and Wigan were able to take advantage, this week they may not be so lucky.
Having said that Brian Noble's side have won six of their last seven Super League games, the only defeat coming away to their fierce rivals, the top-of-the-table Saints.
Castleford won the reverse fixture way back in February at the then JJB Stadium by 28-22. There is no doubting that Wigan are a much-improved outfit than the side that was in action in the early weeks of the season, but the Tigers should have too much for Wigan again as they look to prove a point and the battle for the play-offs heats up.