Super League Grand Final: Warriors to give Wane super send-off
Wigan vs Warrington Match Preview and Predictions
Wigan and Warrington meet in Super League's Grand Final on Saturday for the third time in six seasons and all the signs point to a classic encounter at Old Trafford.
[All odds correct at time of publication]
Tom Lineham scored two tries upon his return from suspension to help Wolves secure a shock 18-13 semi-final victory over St Helens, who had finished top of the table in the regular season.
And the Warriors ensured an all-Lancashire final with a 14-0 victory over a disappointing Castleford Tigers side a day later.
When is it? Saturday 13th October
What time is kick-off? 18:00
Where is it being played? Old Trafford
Which channel is it on? Sky Sports Arena
Wigan vs Warrington Betting Tips
Here are our best bets for Saturday's Grand Final:
Wigan hope to complete a hat-trick of Grand Final victories over their Lancashire rivals and give their long-serving coach Shaun Wane a fitting send-off this weekend.
Coach of the year Wane will end a 30-year association as player and coach with his hometown club when he takes up a role as head performance coach with the Scottish Rugby Union.
Sam Tomkins, John Bateman and Ryan Sutton are also heading for new pastures so there will be extra motivation for several players and the head coach to go out on a high.
Wolves also have a special reason to win on Saturday as they seek to win the Super League trophy for the first time having lost three finals in the last six years and suffering defeat to Catalans Dragons in the Challenge Cup final at Wembley.
The teams have met five times this season with the Warriors' victory in the fifth round of the Super 8s ensuring they took a 3-2 lead in the head-to-head.
The Wire won the first encounter 16-10 in February but were then beaten 38-10 at the Magic Weekend in May before booking a place in the Challenge Cup semi-final with a comprehensive 23-0 victory at the Halliwell Jones Stadium.
A last-minute drop goal from Josh Woods gave the Cherry and Whites a dramatic 13-12 win three months ago in Super League before a 26-6 success at the DW Stadium four weeks ago ensured they go into the Grand Final as 11/20 favourites.
In our view, the Warriors fully deserve their status and having twice beaten the Wire by big margins this season and by at least six points in their three final appearances, Wigan get the nod to overcome a -4.5pts handicap at 17/20 in the first of our Super League Grand Final betting tips.
We're also expecting a tight opening half in which no quarter will be given, so more points in the second half at 7/10 wraps up our Wigan vs Warrington predictions.