Date: Sunday 17th September 2017
Kick Off: 15:00
Venue: DW Stadium (Wigan)
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TV: Highlights on The Super League Show (BBC 1) and Super League Fulltime (SkySports)
Radio: Live on BBC Local Radio and via the BBC Website
Wigan Warriors v Castleford Tigers
The Wigan Warriors welcome the league leaders to the DW Stadium in what is the glamour match of the round but it is also a match with lots riding on it for both teams.
For Cas, they need the win to keep form and momentum going ahead of the play offs whilst Wigan are in a must win situation until the end of the season now.
The Warriors start the round in 3rd place after their win against Hull FC last time out but there is only 2 points between the Warriors and Saints, in 6th, going into the round. With Wigan playing after everybody else this round, they will know exactly what is required of them.
Castleford are now 12 points clear at the top of the league but they have won their last 4 matches and show no signs of easing up, which of course they simply cannot do with the play offs now just 2 matches away.
This match sees to conflicting styles of play meet each other, with the Warriors highly structured style coming up against the off the cuff style of Cas. That should set it up to be a fascinating match and one that is difficult to predict.
The Warriors have now won 4 of their last 5 matches and each of their last 4 at home.
Castleford have won their last 4 matches and their last 5 on the road.
The Warriors are without Sean O’Loughlin due to injury, Jack Wells replaces him.
Castleford Tigers make a raft of changes with Luke Gale, Jy Hitchcox, Junior Moors, Larne Patrick and Ben Roberts all missing. Matt Cook, Oliver Holmes, Tom Holmes, Joel Monaghan and Jake Trueman come in.
Now that Castleford Tigers have 1st place well wrapped up and the paly offs are just a couple of weeks away, it is no surprise to see them rest players but the loss of Luke Gale to injury could break Castleford’s season. It does open up opportunities to players to make there mark, especially with Ben Roberts also out.
That certainty weakens the Tigers attack and should impact their fluidity which could be all the Warriors need to take advantage of Wakefield loss earlier in the weekend and come away with the win that puts their top 4 place in their own hands.
Our Prediction: Wigan Warriors by 10
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