Super League Grand Final Betting Tips: Wigan Warriors v Warrington Wolves – Saturday 13th October 2018

Wigan Warriors and Warrington Wolves clash in the Super League Grand Final on Saturday. The pair are the last two sides standing after the 30-game season. But who will be crowned champions of the 23rd campaign? The Warriors have stepped up as the early favourites, but they’re facing a side who are used to causing surprises.

The pair have really kicked on from last season when the Warriors finished seventh and Warrington failed to even make the Super 8s. The pair were in the top four by the end of the regular season this time around, and they kept their places to earn spots in the semis. The pair meet at Old Trafford this weekend in a clash that looks fairly one-sided on paper but which could be anything but on the day.

Top Tips

Wigan to win @ 8/15

Wigan to win by 11-20 points @ 7/2

Odds correct at time of writing but may have changed since. Check site for latest prices.

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Wigan head into the Grand Final as the favourites to lift the trophy, but they have a big test ahead of them here. The Warriors aren’t quite at full strength ahead of this trip, but can they carry on and be crowned Super League champions?

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The favourites have that tag despite being without their top scorer this season. Liam Marshall picked up an injury during the Super 8s, but that didn’t dent their run to the final. Despite that, the winger will be missed at Old Trafford this week, and the favourites will be wondering if this would be much more comfortable with Marshall in the side.

Wigan Aiming to Keep Winning

Wigan come into this clash in impressive form, and that’s seen them installed as the odds-on favourites with the bookies. They had already finished the regular season in second behind St Helens, and they continued the chase for top spot throughout the Super 8s, winning every game. That form has sent them on a nine game winning run overall going into the clash at Old Trafford, and now they’re searching for victory number 10 in the streak, which would see them crowned champions.

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The underdogs come into the final on the back of a huge win, after their 18-13 victory over St Helens. Beating the side who topped the standings after 30 games has to give the Wolves real hope for a shock result when they take the field at Old Trafford this weekend. They had Tom Lineham to thank, after he scored twice on his return from suspension, and that was enough to take them into the showpiece in Manchester.

Price Calls for Bounce

Warrington head coach Steve Price was buoyant following the win, but he’s demanded more when his side walk out at Old Trafford. They were able to beat the best side in the league over the course of the campaign, but their boss has said that Saturday will be an even bigger test. They’ve already suffered heartbreak in the final of the Challenge Cup, but Price has left his side in no doubt about what needs to come next. “We need a performance like that next week, we need to raise the bar again,” Price said in the aftermath of their last win.

Analysis: Winning Run set to Continue

The pre-match odds have made the nature of this one clear. You can get Wigan at 8/15 here, compared to 13/8 for Warrington, or 22/1 for the draw. We expect the favourites to come in full of confidence after their recent winning run, and they’re going to provide an enormous challenge to Warrington, who weren’t entirely convincing this term.

Wolves Under Pressure

Warrington may have edged out St Helens in the semis, but they finished the season losing two of their last three. They were beaten by the leaders and by Wigan in that time, and those defeats don’t bode well for this big occasion. Price has called for a step up from his players, but can they match the form of the favourites?

Warriors in Top Form

Wigan have to be the stand-out side here on recent form. They’ve won three of the last four meetings with Warrington, and the pair are in very different positions ahead of this one. Warrington have lost half of their last eight matches, while Wigan are searching for a 10th straight win. We’re going with the Warriors to continue that run this weekend, and we’re backing them at 8/15 to win this encounter and take the trophy. With Wigan letting in just 72 points in the Super 8s, compared with 167 points in their favour, we think they should easily win this one and we’re backing them to do so by a margin of between 11 and 20 points, which is priced at 7/2.

Recent Matches

Wigan have clashed with Warrington nine times in their last 18 months, with the Wolves kicking off the first encounter between these two in 2018 with a 16-10 win. However, overall the Warriors have the edge in meetings between the pair.

14th September: Wigan Warriors 26 – 6 Warrington Wolves

The Super 8s meeting between these two was a pretty recent affair, and it was capped off by the returning Dom Manfredi. He came back from injury and scored twice to claim a win, in a game which really kicked off in the second half.

6th July: Wigan Warriors 13 – 12 Warrington Wolves

There was plenty of drama in Wigan’s win in the summer clash, with Josh Woods scoring a last-gasp goal. That win maintained their 100% record at home, and gave the Warriors revenge for their defeat a month before.

2nd June 2018: Warrington Wolves 23 – 0 Wigan Warriors

This clash may have gone Warrington’s way, but it was a Challenge Cup encounter. Since then, the Warriors have clearly got the better of the meetings between the pair, and their recent wins have more than showed their superiority.

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