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Matt Peet’s Wigan Warriors should take some stopping

George Wood

Free rugby league tips, best bets and analysis for Friday’s Betfred Super League matches between Salford Red Devils v Wigan Warriors and Huddersfield v Leeds Rhinos.

where to watch

Salford Red Devils v Wigan Warriors
Sky Sports Arena, 8pm Friday

bestbets

Wigan Warriors-8 8pm
2pt Evs betfred

Huddersfield to win by one to 12 points 7.45pm
1pt 15-8 bet365, Betfair

match previews

Wigan Warriors and Huddersfield Giants battled it out in the Betfred Challenge Cup final just two weeks ago and they shook off any doubts about a possible hangover from the big day with excellent wins in the Betfred Super League last weekend.

Eight of the last nine cup winners had lost their next league fixture following victory in the final but Wigan bucked that trend with an emphatic 32-12 win at Castleford.

It was an impressive victory from Matt Peet’s men who can now settle down to trying to topple bitter rivals St Helens in the race for the league title.

The Warriors cut through Cas at will last week and have had plenty of joy against Salford too, winning their last five meetings with the Red Devils, including a 20-0 drubbing in the early rounds of the cup.

Their last league tussle came at the end of April with Wigan running out 30-24 winners in a fantastic contest settled by a stunning full length of the pitch try by full-back Jai Field in the closing moments.

The Cherry & Whites are the leading point-scorers in the competition and have posted at least 22 points in each of their last five league matches. That spells trouble for a Salford side who have the second-worst defensive record in the division, conceding 355 points at a rate of just over 25 per game.

The Red Devils were hammered 43-16 at Hull KR last week and although they generally do their best work on home soil, this looks too tough an ask for Paul Rowley’s side.

The Giants bounced back from their Tottenham heartbreak with an eye-catching 22-14 win at second-placed Catalans last Friday and they can back it up with a derby win over Leeds.

Huddersfield were seconds away from lifting the Challenge Cup in north London but quickly bounced back in Perpignan with an impressive performance.

Back on home soil they should be too strong for a Rhinos side who look to be improving under new coach Rohan Smith.

Leeds have hammered Warrington and Wakefield in their last two outings and suddenly look like playoff contenders.

The Giants are not far away from being possible title contenders, though, and they can edge what is likely to be a pulsating contest.

The last meeting was a 20-all draw in round eight, while the previous five fixtures between these two have featured winning margins of zero, six, one, one and zero.

Another tight encounter can be expected on Friday with the home side fancied to be too strong.


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FIRST PUBLISHED 1:45PM, JUN 9 2022

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