Wigan Warriors vs St Helens Predictions: Scully hoping for Saints response

 | Thursday 11th July 2024, 10:17am

Thursday 11th July 2024, 10:17am

Paul Sculthorpe Betting Tips

Following back-to-back defeats, St Helens are on a retrieval mission when they travel to the DW Stadium to face Betfred Super League leaders and bitter rivals Wigan on Friday night (20:00, live on Sky Sports).

Saints legend Paul Sculthorpe is, as always, on-hand with his Wigan Warriors vs St Helens predictions ahead of the huge clash.

Wigan Warriors vs St Helens Tips

  • St Helens to win @ 11/4

That - being the defeat to Castleford last Friday - was probably the worst Saints performance I've seen since retiring to become a spectator. Possibly the worst of the Betfred Super League era, in fact.

Take nothing away from a resilient, dogged Tigers side who gave everything to earn the 8-6 win, but with all due respect they shouldn’t be beating Saints at home, ever.

Yes, we have a number of key players on the sidelines, including the likes of Knowles, Matautia and Walmsley who would no doubt have a huge impact, but that’s the game and as head coach Paul Wellens said in his post-match interview, there was still enough in that Saints 17 to take care of business.

I’ve got absolutely no doubt the defeat wasn’t due to a lack of effort, but more so a lack of composure, guile and the basics needed to win matches. I was watching from the stands and at times it looked like the players didn’t know what they were supposed to be doing.

In defence of Wello, I know how good a coach he is. He's meticulous in his preparation, highly respected by both his players and staff and ultimately a coach who likes players to play. As a player he was someone who enjoyed the fruits of a team who loved to do exactly that.

It’s easy for people to jump on him when the team turns out a performance like on Friday. Unfortunately for him it comes with the job, but once those players cross the white line, what they serve up is out of his hands.

Dropped balls, forced offloads, falling off tackles, ten-metre touchline penalty kicks and a complete lack of communication and direction has to sit with the players on the field.

What does sit with the coach is the response - and Paul Wellens has already hinted they’re will be changes.

I’m afraid there has to be alterations at half-back. Lewis Dodd just isn’t doing it. It’s too important a position that impacts too many of the players around. The lack of direct attacking threat and overall involvement cannot be carried at Betfred Super League level.

Other key indicators Lomax and Welsby are trying hard, but they need more composure on the ball. We need to create more opportunities for our back-rowers and strike players. Players like Mark Percival, who I’ve got to say always gives nothing but 120% to try and bring something to our attack.

The team are going through a tough spell, there's no doubt about that, but they can’t dwell on it - and if ever there was a game to completely turn around the current situation it’s Wigan away!

There’s no doubt our neighbours over the hill will be intent on crushing a team low on confidence, but as I well know having been on the wrong end a few times, stranger things have happened.

I'm not going to sugarcoat it... it’s going to take an almighty turnaround if we are to do come away with both points. According to the Wigan Warriors vs St Helens Odds, the Warriors are warm favourites to win the game and frankly it’s hard to disagree with that.

However, I do think 11/4 about an under-pressure Saints is well worth taking as surely there's going to be a response from the lads.

St Helens to beat Wigan Warriors at 11-4

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