Wigan Warriors v Warrington Wolves: Super League Grand Final Odds and Preview
Another long, hard Super League season is almost at an end and we have just two teams left in the mix ahead of Saturday’s Grand Final. Neither the Wigan Warriors nor the Warrington Wolves topped the league during the regular season but in this format, it’s all about staying strong in the knockout phase.
The action gets underway at Old Trafford at 6pm but what do the bookies make of the 2018 final?
Wigan Warriors are, by far and away the favourites for Saturday’s final and can currently be picked up at best industry odds of 8/13 with Betway. Victory for Warrington Wolves is available at a top price of 7/4 with William Hill and BetFred while there is scope for the draw in 80 minutes at a best of 25/1 with MarathonBet and Boylesports.
Wigan finished second in the regular season and then went on to build serious momentum with seven straight wins in the Super Eight stage. Their loftier position and that momentum sees them as an odds on option against the Wolves who finished in fourth before overcoming the odds to beat league leaders St Helens in the semi.
Warrington are in their fourth Grand Final as opposed to Wigan’s tenth but the Wolves will have no concerns about being the underdogs in this match.
Individual Try Scorers
First try scorer markets aren’t always available for run of the mill rugby league games but we have a number of bookmakers quoting prices for 2018’s Grand Final. Dominic Manfredi is the favourite here at best odds of 9/1 with Ladbrokes and Coral. The Wigan man returned to the fold after missing 2017 through injury and after scoring a brace of tries on his return, he seems to be the man most likely to cross the line first.
Behind the favourite, Tom Davies is quoted at a top price of 10/1 with William Hill and Coral while Oliver Gildart, Tom Lineham and Josh Charnley can all be picked up at the same odds of 11/1 with Coral and Ladbrokes.
Gildart is another Wigan player who has averaged around a try every other game for the Warriors since joining up with the club in 2016 while Lineham is the first player on this list to represent Warrington Wolves.
With 62 tries in 80 games for Warrington, Lineham is one to watch but the player who interests us most so far is Josh Charnley. Another Wolves man, Charnley has a prolific tally of 24 tries in 27 matches since joining at the start of the season and with that ratio close to one per game, he looks generous at that 11/1 price.
Other options to note here include Joe Greenwood at best odds of 16/1 with BetFred and William Hill, Toby King at a top price of 18/1 with Ladbrokes and Coral and, as an outside punt, there may be some interest in Liam Farrell at a best of 20/1 with William Hill.
There is an anytime try scorer market for the final and it shows Dominic Manfredi as the favourite at 11/10 with Betway and Coral while our preference, Josh Charnley, is quoted at 11/8 with Ladbrokes. Those are good options but we’ll stay with the bolder punt of Charnley to cross the line first.
Other Side Bets
It’s interesting to note that both semi finals were low scoring affairs and that Castleford Tigers failed to register a point when they came up against Wigan in the last four. In those two combined games, a total of just 45 points were registered so that’s an average of just 22.5 per game.
The pattern may not continue on Saturday but we’re expecting a cagey game and will therefore finish our set of tips with under 34.5 total points which is available at 8/11 with Betway.
As for the result, Wigan have the momentum but Warrington have pulled out the big results when needed and in a one off game, we’re backing the outsiders to do it one more time.
Best Bets for Super League Grand Final 2018:
- Warrington Wolves to win at 7/4 with William Hill
- Josh Charnley to score the first try at 11/1 with Coral
- Under 34.5 points at 8/11 with Betway