St Helens (@1.5) vs Wigan Warriors (@2.62)
27-09-2019

Our Prediction:

St Helens will win

St Helens – Wigan Warriors Match Prediction | 27-09-2019 14:45

The first game was at the Totally Wicked Stadium on March 30. These two old rivals have played each other twice this season already, with both of those clashes coming in Super League. Saints halfback Danny Richardson levelled things up with a penalty goal, though, before Welsh winger Regan Grace scored a try to clinch victory for the home side with five minutes remaining. Wigan trailed 12-2 at half-time, but forced themselves into the lead by the 65th minute of the match. The result was 21-18 in favour of the Saints.

St Helens go into the game top of the Super League table and knowing that a win will allow them to pick up the League Leaders Shield in front of their own fans and against their arch rivals but they also know that they face a challenge as they come up against a Wigan Warriors who are in 2nd spot.

Wigan under Wane have never lacked ruthlessness, and they can surely smell blood in the water when it comes to facing Saints at the moment. It would be a good bet to back Wigan to win by one to 10 points, especially as OLoughlin is returning to the Warriors ranks. There is a real sense that the momentum is draining slowly out of St Helens season. This could conceivably be Wanes last derby in charge of Wigan too, so he will want to bid farewell to old foes with a win. The prediction is that Wigan will edge this game, and condemn Saints to a third successive defeat.

St Helens vs Wigan Warriors Preview: Recent Meetings

St. Helens look to be coasting to the League Leaders' Shield but old foes Wigan will be keen to show that they can mix it with the best this season as they travel to the face their local rivals. They have been unstoppable for the majority of this season and despite Wigans upturn in form, they could be brought back down to earth by Saints who will be an even bigger threat if skipper James Roby makes his return here. The Warriors have won five in a row but this is a different test altogether and Saints can maintain their unbeaten record on home soil this season.

These derby matches always find a way of making form go out of the window with the winner been the team that can handle the occasion but there has been few occasion when one side has been so much more dominant over the other for such a long part of the season so whilst we expect the big game players of Wigan to step up and to make things difficult for the home side.

McCarthy-Scarsbrook, better known as LMS, has proven to be an important of the St Helens team as he enters his eighth year with the Club. The 33-year-old made his Saints debut against Wigan at the 2011 Magic Weekend. He represented Ireland at the 2017 Rugby League World Cup and last year proved to be an impact player as St Helens won the League Leaders Shield.

Saints are one of several teams to have recruited well from the NRL and look like being major contenders once again. With all of the changes at the Warriors over the winter, they could take a while to gel so it's the home side that can get off to a strong start with a win here. St Helens will get an early chance to lay down their intentions for the season as they host last year's winners and bitter local rivals, Wigan Warriors, in Round 1.

THE FACTS

The Warriors lost 20-12 in West Yorkshire, bringing a little run of victories to an end. Wane will want to see a positive reaction to that defeat from his players. Wanes men had won their previous two games, at home to Leeds Rhinos and Warrington Wolves, and looked to be back on track after a tricky period. Shaun Wanes Wigan team are preparing to face their fiercest rivals on the back of being well beaten by at Huddersfield Giants in their last game. He has told the media this week that he and his players have not given up on catching Saints in the race of the League Leaders Shield.

In their last game, away at Hull FC, St Helens won 34-18, a convincing victory which cemented their position at the top of the Super League table. Unfortunately, powerful Kiwi back rower Zeb Taia was injured in the game against the Airlie Birds, as he suffered a compound fracture. The Cook Islands international could return for the next game with Warrington Wolves, though. Youngster Jack Ashworth has been drafted into Saints match-day 19 to replace Taia.

They are offering a price of 7/1 on the Warriors winning by a margin of 11 to 20 points. There, you can back Wigan to win on the 1X2 market at tempting odds of 15/8. For something a little riskier, you can head over to William Hill. They have a price of 11/2 on Wigan winning by a margin of one to five points. If you have been reading some of the St Helens vs Wigan Warriors match previews this week, and you are looking to place some bets, then start at Ladbrokes. For a long odds option, try Coral.

St Helens against Wigan Warriors is one of the games biggest derby clashes, and entertainment of one kind or another is almost guaranteed. After the excitement of Catalans Dragons becoming the first non-English team to win the Challenge Cup last week, rugby league returns to the bread and butter of Super League this week. The Saints have struggled in recent weeks too, so we should be in for an interesting game.

St Helens vs Wigan Warriors: How to watch

Coote has quickly become a cult hero with the St Helens fans. His passing game is superb and has had a hand in many St Helens tries so far this season, while his positional sense in defence is unquestionable. According to them, he is the reason they are top of the league this season and they could well be right about that. Meanwhile its been quite the opposite over the Billinge lump with their off-season signing Lachlan Coote.