Quins to swoop away from The Stoop
Wigan Warriors play at the JJB Stadium tonight for the first time in four weeks following pitch maintenance - but home might not be as sweet as they hope.
Their guests this evening for the live Sky Sports match are Harlequins RL, a team that have managed to notch up 10 wins this season - six of them away from home including Leeds at Headingley.
That has been a surprising trend of this year's Super League campaign, away teams are doing well. Consequently Wigan have only won three games at the JJB and they are not certain to increase that tally tonight, despite their 1/3 favouritism in the 80 Minute market.
The 9/4 on 'Quins to win the match is a tempting proposition but if you are not too confident then there's Even Money available on the Londoners with an eight-point start.
Wigan looked good in their confidence boosting win over Hull KR last week despite Monsieur Alibert's best efforts with the whistle to gift the game to Rovers.
They're in the final play-off spot on points difference alone and beating a side like Harlequins will could secure it and set them up nicely for the last eight weeks of the season. They have three home games in their next four and even Tim Smith's absence with a dislocated shoulder could be classed as good news as Brian Noble will be forced to play Sam Tomkins, a promising youngster that he has reluctant to expose.
Things are looking rosey, or rather cherry, for Wigan - but it never lasts. Their inconsistency throughout the regular season has been an issue for years now. Great sets of players but they rarely seem to all play well week after week and, after last week's capable performance, this could be their week off.
All that separated the two sides when they met "down south" was an Amos Roberts' interception try. "Famous" (I'm not sure what for) Amos has not exactly dazzled the Wigan faithful with his three Super League tries in 17 appearances - one every three-and-a-half games - not what they were expecting from the NRL star. Compare that to Wigan-born former Warrior Chris Melling's nine in 16 (NB: he didn't score last week so he's due...) and the 5/4 on him in the Try Scorer Match bet against Roberts looks to be a steal.
Wigan are slow starters, they were 10-0 down in a blink of an eye last week and not for the first time this season. For some interest early in the game take the 11/10 for Harlequins to score the first try, 11/8 for them to win the race to 10 points or 7/4 for a Harlequins try to be the first scoring play.
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