Warriors can't afford to be Bullish
Wigan Warriors will have renewed confidence going into tonight's game against Bradford Bulls and that's reflected in the betting.
The Warriors are 4/7 to win in 80 minutes against the Bull's odds of 13/10. The main handicap gives Bradford a four-point start at 10/11 but you can bet on range spanning a 12 point-start (4/11) to a six-point handicap (11/4).
Wigan may have finally won a game this season at the fourth attempt but their performance was not as good as the scoreline suggested. A late interception and a dubious video referee call won the game, not the players on the pitch.
That's unfair. While the senior players and foreign stars continued to look like they'd never played together before and would rather have been anywhere else, two local youngsters, Shaun Ainscough and Sam Tomkins, stood out from the rabble. Brian Noble has rightly retained them in his squad - maybe the once-great Wigan Rugby League Football Club has finally realised the wealth of talent in their own back yard and stop going down-under for solutions.
The pair have scored five of Wigan's 12 tries this season and can be backed to score the first try (Ainscough 12/1, Sam Tomkins 16/1) or anytime in the match at 5/4 and 9/4 respectively.
Bradford have been struggling to score tries, with just two from two games, and have appeared to prefer the 2-point option when presented with penalties within kicking range. Still desperate for their first win of the season, the 6/1 for the first scoring play to be a Bradford goal as they look to put points on the board early on looks attractive - especially the way Wigan's usually-reliable Pat Richards is kicking.
Bradford will take the game to Wigan and have the capability to expose the cracks that exist in the Warriors game-play. The four-point start they receive is purely down to them being away from home. While they have a shocking record at the JJB Stadium (3 wins in 13) there is no better time to get one over on their old Cherry and White enemies.
Much of Wigan's problem could be put down to complacency and they could easily fall back into that mentality after their win last week - Bradford plus four is a bet and the 80 minute price is value.