Wakefield Trinity (@2.62) vs Wigan Warriors (@1.5)
28-08-2019

Our Prediction:

Wigan Warriors will win

Wakefield Trinity – Wigan Warriors Match Prediction | 28-08-2019 10:00

They sit eighth in the table and are both four points away from the play-off places and bottom side London Broncos. They were beaten 36-16 at home by Castleford in their last outing, a scoreline that was harsh on the Dreadnoughts after conceding a flurry of late tries and need to start winning again if they are to avoid a relegation battle. Wakefield have struggled in the second-half of the Super League season and have won just once in their last eight matches.

Wigan lost 32-10 to local rivals and league leaders St Helens, last time out, and were soundly beaten at the Totally Wicked Stadium. The Cherry and Whites simply have to keep winning if they are to secure an end of season play-off place, currently in fifth-place and only ahead of Castleford Tigers on points difference, meaning there is no room for error on Thursday night. However, that was the Warriors first defeat in six Super League games, having won their previous five matches.

Wigan born and bred, Joe Burgess is a try-scoring machine, having scored 13 tries in 15 Super League appearances in 2019. The winger scored a hat-trick against Trinity back in April, despite being on the losing side. Wakefield have conceded 30-plus points in four of their last five games, and conceded hat-tricks to Jodie Broughton and James Clare in two of those matches suggesting that Burgess will have plenty of try-scoring opportunities on Thursday night.

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The two sides have shared five victories apiece in their last 10 head-to-head meetings with Wakefield last winning at the DW Stadium in May 2017. Trinity claimed a marvellous 30-20 win against the Warriors back in April, despite suffering injuries to four players during the game, however, the two sides are in contrasting form to when they last met. That game also saw Wakefield winger Ben Jones-Bishop grab a brace and Wigans Joe Burgess score a hat-trick.

Over the last 10 games, it is the Warriors that have been ahead in the head-to-head at 7-3 and they will be confident that they can extend their record against the Wildcats. These sides played each other twice in the early part of the season, where the Warriors were struggling and Trinity were going well. Each team picked up an away win but lost their home games.

The 30-year-old has seven tries in 2019, playing in every round so far this season, and will need to use all of his experience to prevent both Burgess and Wigan from coming away with the two points. Wakefield winger Ben Jones-Bishop also impressed in Wakefields win against the Warriors back in April, scoring two tries. Whilst he may not be the most prolific try-scorer, Jones-Bishop will need to be at his best defensively, on Thursday night, to help turn Wakefields season back in the right direction.

Wakefield are in desperate need of points in there battle to avoid relegation whilst Wigan need the points in there battle for a 2nd place finish, so whilst the win is important for both teams, it is Wakefield who are in the more need of the points and just as they were in their last game, that should see a big improvement form Wakey.

WHO WILL WIN?

On the other hand, Wakefield are currently on their worst run of form this season and have gone into free fall in recent weeks. On paper this looks like it should be a comfortable win for Wigan, given Wakefields lack of recent form. The Warriors had their longest winning streak of the season ended last week but know anything but a win will see them lose crucial ground in the race for a play-off spot. Wigan to win by 18 points. Victory against the Warriors looks unlikely but the Dreadnoughts know a win would ease the threat of falling into a relegation battle.

Wakefield, in contrast, have lost four of their last five games and have disappointed in the Super 8s and will want to end the season on a high. They go into this match with hopes of a Semi-Final spot, which many wouldnt have thought after a tough first half of the season. Ahead of our rugby league betting and despite the most recent loss to leaguer leaders Castleford Tigers, Wigan have seen an upturn in their fortunes in the Super 8s with four wins in their last five games.

Joe Burgess has been in imperious form as of late and he will feel that he can still have a big say on the season and help lead his team into the Semi-Finals. With 19 tries across the season to date, he will want to finish the season on a high and reach the next milestone of 20 tries and put himself in the shop window with his contract up at the end of the season. Since making the move from Super League rivals Salford City Red Devils, winger Ben Jones-Bishop has thrived at Trinity.

The Warriors are without a plethora of players and missing as they are some size up front, Wakefields big men through the middle can really take advantage with this set to be a long night for Wigan. Wakefield weren't at their best but managed to overcome Huddersfield last week and will now look to make it back-to-back home wins as they host Wigan. The Warriors will be licking their wounds after a shocking second-half last week and Wakefield can get the better of them.

HEAD TO HEAD

Helens but they can bounce straight back as they host Wakefield. Wigan came up against a brilliant side last week but will feel confident of getting back to winning ways despite having to field what will be a young side. Trinity continue to leak points at an alarming rate with their defence conceding an average of 32.8 points per game in the last five weeks and Wigan should take advantage of that. Wigan's winning streak came to an end against St.

Wigan have had an up and down season but have started to find form at just the right time and they go into the match knowing that a win could still see them make the Semi-Finals but they will have to rely on results elsewhere. Wakefield Trinity go into the game with little to celebrate after a poor Super 8s campaign has seen them unable to make the Semi-Finals but they will want to ensure that all the remaining teams that can qualify have the opportunity and they will be pushing the Wigan Warriors all the way. Their experience at this time of the season should count in their favour and despite the defeat last time out against league leaders Castleford Tigers, a win may see them still in with a shout of another Super League title. Wakefield will want to gain a bit of momentum going into the off-season and a win will give them a boost, come next year.

Both Wigan Warriors and Wakefield Trinity will look to return to winning ways on Thursday night, having both suffered derby defeats in Round 22. Heres everything you need to know. Defeat for Wakefield could leave them with a relegation battle on their hands. Its a must win game for the Warriors who sit in the play-off places on points difference.