Wolves to feast on fragile Wildcats
Wakefield v Warrington | 20:00 live on Sky Sports 1
The Warrington Wolves travel to Super League strugglers Wakefield this Friday in round five of the Engage Super League.
The Wolves (1/20) were excellent when defeating Leeds at the Halliwell Jones stadium on Saturday to make it three wins out of four so far this campaign. Tony Smith's men have certainly improved since their opening day defeat to Huddersfield and the experienced former Leeds manager won't let his team's attitude or performance slip against Wakefield. Smith said this week "We are in the right frame of mind and are looking to keep the consistency going. Wakefield have already shown this year that they can come up with big performances and John Kear is very good at getting one-offs out of his team. I'm sure they'll know they are in for a game this week and will try to be at their best as will we."
With a highly talented team now supported by top quality back up players, many pundits now believe that Warrington have the strength in depth to not only challenge for a Grand Final place but to also claim a third successive Challenge Cup.
The Wolves will be without captain Adrian Morley who limped out of last week's 40 -24 victory with a knee injury and Brett Hodgson will be absent due to a dead leg. Coming back into the first team fold though will be England centres Chris Bridge and Ryan Atkins. Atkins is the focal point of our Match Winner offer for this clash as he faces off against his former team. In the aptly named ‘Atkins Diet' market, can Wakefield prevent their former player from scoring a try, at a price of 11/10.
The Wildcats (8/1) have started the sixteenth instalment of the Super League in sluggish fashion. With the solitary win this season coming away at Catalan Dragons, Head Coach John Kear could ring the changes to his team. New signing Greg Johnson is poised to make his debut while Josh Griffin will make his first Wakefield appearance on home soil. Matthew Wildie has been brought into the first team due to his stand out performance for the reserves on Saturday which saw him score a hat trick.
Frankie Mariano's try put the Wildcats in front away at Bradford last weekend and the former Hull KR centre can be backed at 20/1 to repeat the feat and score the opening try once again. The Wakefield players were applauded by Kear for their effort and endeavour but ultimately they fell well short of quality in comparison to the Bulls.
The 80 minute betting firmly indicates which way William Hill sees this contest going with Warrington the firm favourites. The handicap market emphasises the pre-match favouritism even further with the visitors -22 points priced at 10/11 and the same price for the hosts +22 points.
The Wolves can also be backed to win both halves at 1/5 in the double result selection of Warrington/Warrington.
My tip for this Friday night feast of Super League action is for Warrington to win by 21 -25 points at a price of 5/1.