Wigan (@1.44) vs Castleford (@2.75)

Our Prediction:

Wigan will win

Wigan – Castleford Match Prediction | 12-09-2019 14:45

Holmes, who returned to the Cas side a couple of weeks ago after recovering from off-season shoulder surgery, will also be hoping to impress Bennett. He is part of the England Knights Performance squad but will be hoping to play well enough to make the move up to the elite side. Oliver Holmes had similar fortunes when the squad was announced.

Wigan have been in the news this week, with Shaun Edwards announced as returning to the club as head coach in 2020, and Adrian Lam confirmed as interim coach for 2019. How that press hubbub affects the team will be fascinating to see, with the home fans sure to be pumped up. Its second versus third in rugby leagues Super League this Friday evening, when Wigan Warriors welcome Castleford Tigers to the DW Stadium.

Their 24-16 win at Wakefield Trinity last time out was far from vintage, but it keeps their momentum going, having won 10 of their last 11 Super League matches. The Warriors are bang in-form and will be difficult to stop as we head towards the end of season play-offs. Adrian Lams side have found form at exactly the right time and, having looked well off the pace at the start of the season, should now finish as runners-up in the league table behind fierce rivals St Helens.

Their previous defeat to that was back on June 30, when they were beaten 44-16 by Catalans Dragons in Perpignan. In their last outing, away at Widnes Vikings in the last game of the regular season, they won 52-24. Cas have only lost twice in their last nine games, so are bound to be feeling confident ahead of this clash. Prior to that game, they lost at home to Huddersfield Giants.

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Catalans season has tailed off in the last few weeks, having been well-placed for a top-five finish at the start of August. They suffered a disappointing 24-6 home defeat to relegation threatened Hull KR last weekend, having lost their previous two Super League matches to London Broncos and Leeds Rhinos respectively. The French side must now aim to finish the season strongly with a sixth-place finish looking their best bet with two matches left to play in 2019.

The sides faced off three times last season with Wigan victorious in two games, beating the Tigers 28-12 at the DW Stadium in April as well as 14-0 in October to take them through to the Grand Final. Castleford did manage to gain a 19-18 win at home last June, when both sides had to contend with players missing due to England call-ups.

The DW Stadium looks set to be rocking on Friday night, and, with the Warriors being a team who tend to thrive on hometown passion, that could be enough to haul Wanes team over the winning line. The prediction is that this will be a very close game, and home advantage might be what decides it in the end. Cas are no mugs, though, and can play lovely rugby league when they want to. But this one looks like being a Wigan win, by a margin of one to five points. Wigan have enjoyed a tumultuous week, with the news that Shaun Edwards will be returning to the club, and this is sure to give the fans some extra juice.

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The 30-year-old will need to be at his very best on Friday night to prevent his former side from claiming yet another victory. His last three outings in Super League have been phenomenal, scoring three tries and providing six assists which proves that on his day he is still one of the competitions stand-out players. The fact Catalans have lost all three of their matches in Tomkins absence shows just how important the England international is to Steve McNamaras side.

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Daryl Powells Castleford side could leapfrog Wigan into second place in the Super League table with a victory in Lancashire on Friday evening. His side are also feeling a little fresher, after having a week off last week due to the Challenge Cup semi-finals. Powell has spoken to the local press in West Yorkshire this week about how his side are targeting the next three matches in their campaign as crucial, starting with this game against Wigan.

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They face a Castleford side low on troops after they collected more injuries over the Easter period with Wigan able to edge this. Wigan secured a morale-boosting win as their young side defeated Salford on Easter Monday but they must look to back that up here with a host of players set to return. The Warriors could make several changes to their side this week with a couple of players back to boost their options but Castleford travel with 11 players unavailable and that could be too much for the Tigers to deal with as the Warriors can capitalise to make it back-to-back victories.

This is a hugely difficult match to predict for a number of reasons. The final game of the 3 games in a week is always a battle for fatigue as much as it is form but when you add in the unpredictable nature of these 2 sides this season and you get a game that could be close from start to finish or either team could run away with it.

Overall, during the Super League era, Wigan have won 32 games, Castelford have won 15, and there have been three draws. These two sides have met twice in 2017, with each team having won once. The first encounter was in April and was a home game for Wigan. Jamie Ellis slotted a last minute drop goal for Cas to seal the win after an exciting game. The Warriors won 28-12 at the DW Stadium. The second game was at Castlefords Mend-A-Hose Jungle in June, and the Tigers took the win by a single point, with the scoreline being 19-18.