Castleford Tigers vs Wigan Warriors Predictions: Quadruple champs set for another win

 | Thursday 13th June 2024, 9:14am

Thursday 13th June 2024, 9:14am

George Riley Rugby League

All-conquering Wigan Warriors bid to dust off the cobwebs from their Betfred Challenge Cup celebrations with a trip to Castleford Tigers as they resume the defence of their Betfred Super League title on Friday (kick-off 20:00 BST, live on Sky Sports Arena).

Wigan now hold all four major domestic honours having added last weekend’s iconic silverware to their Super League, League Leaders’ Shield and World Club Challenge honours of the past nine months.

Castleford Tigers vs Wigan Warriors Tips

  • Handicap 3-way: Wigan Warriors -14 @ 10/11
  • Kruise Leeming anytime tryscorer @ 3/1

Castleford Tigers vs Wigan Warriors Odds

Cas are 4/1 to overcome the odds and claim a home victory at the Jungle, while Wigan are 2/11 to win and you can get 22/1 for the draw in 80 minutes.

Team News

Wigan are forced into changes after their dominant Wembley win over Warrington Wolves, with Jai Field the headline piece of team news. Wigan’s dynamite full-back has a hamstring injury, with head coach Matt Peet confirming at Thursday’s pre-match press conference that Field picked up the fresh problem in the early stages of the cup final last weekend. The 26-year-old played on despite pulling his hamstring early on, according to Peet, and will now be out “for a few weeks at least”.

Options to replace Field include Ryan Hampshire and youngster Zach Eckersley, who scored a Wembley try playing centre, while Bevan French could also revert to full-back from the halves. The latter move could see youngster Jack Farrimond coming into the side in French’s position, while hooker Kruise Leeming represents another possibility. Farrimond has also been included in England’s Academy squad, and he is the name added to the initial squad in Field’s absence.

Adam Keighran and Tyler Dupree remain banned.

Top tryscorer Liam Marshall will make his 150th Super League appearance if he is selected.

Castleford have, of course, had a fortnight off since their last game – as has every side not involved at Wembley – but are without two of their most experienced players. Hooker Paul McShane and talisman Joe Westerman are both sidelined, so into the squad come Samy Kibula and on-loan prop forward Matty English, who arrives on a fortnight-long deal from local rivals Huddersfield Giants.

Handicap 3-way: Wigan Warriors -14 @ 10/11

This is the third meeting of the two sides already this year and Wigan have won the lot - in Super League and en route to their Challenge Cup triumph. In fact the Warriors have won their last 10 meetings with the Tigers, including that thumping 60-6 victory in the quarter-finals of the cup.

Traditionally teams can struggle straight after winning at Wembley, not least because they have a good celebration which will last a couple of days and nights. Wigan certainly did that, but are far too professional an outfit not to get straight back on the horse this week. With all due respect to Castleford, this could potentially be a banana skin fixture for Wigan if they were playing a stronger side. But given the Tigers’ toils this year, their dreadful historic losing run against Wigan, and the absence of their two biggest names, I can’t see anything other than an away win.

This may not be a full-throttle Wigan win, but they will turn up and get the job done.

Wigan -14 @ 10/11

Kruise Leeming anytime tryscorer @ 3/1

Leeming is one of my favourite hookers in Super League and is gelling into his role at Wigan after a turbulent time since his acrimonious departure from Leeds Rhinos. Depending on how Wigan reshuffle to cover Field’s absence, Leeming could well be called upon more as a playmaker, and with ball in hand in the final third he is often a very good bet for a try of his own.

That, coupled with some juicy 3/1 odds implying a 25% probability, is enough to convince me he is worth a look at crossing for a score in 80 minutes this week.

Kruise Leeming anytime tryscorer @ 3/1

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