Hungry like the Wolves
Live Super League for Friday night and the Wakefield Trinity Wildcats welcome the Warrington Wolves to Belle Vue. The Wolves are still hunting for their first win of the season.
Many rugby fans are surprised that James Lowes is still in charge of Warrington following disappointing losses in their opening two games. These losses were made worse by the fact that at half-time in each of those matches they were actually leading and looking in full control. The coach and players will be hungry for the win.
With Ben Westwood starting a five-game suspension and Gareth Carvell out through injury Lowes would have been delighted to be able to include Adrian Morley along with Jon Clarke and Simon Grix in his initial squad. But it's not really a lack of players that has been Warrington's problem.
The squad, similarly to struggling Wigan, looks to have great potential and has shown promise in the first 40 minutes of both their games this season, before capitulating after the break. In the second halves they have conceded 26 points to St Helens and 28 to Catalans. If you fancy more of the same then Warrington to be leading at half-time and Wakefield to win the game is available at 11/2 in the Double Result betting.
Warrington can't self-destruct for a third time. With their boss' job at stake the players will pick themselves up for the full 80 minutes this week and with the odds compilers pricing the game off scratch (no handicap) it's the 10/11 for the Wolves win that seems the most probable.
Wakefield's fourth place and two wins from three, losing only to Leeds so far, may look impressive but don't be misled. Not taking anything away from a spirited Wildcats performance but Wigan were atrocious. Last week they stunned a sorry-looking Salford with a try in the second minute and were 19-0 up at half-time. By the time Salford had got into the game Wakefield just had to do the basics - again, not convincing.
John Kear's injury worries have also deepened with Scott Grix missing although he can welcome back the influential Sam Obst. Danny Sculthorpe and Luke George have also made it off Wakefield's long sick-list.
It is 2/1 about Warrington with an eight-point handicap which they should be able to overcome but it might be wise to split your stake on Warrington to win by 6-10 points at 11/2 and 11-15 points at 15/2 for a similar return.