Monaghan to star for Warrington
Ian Millward previews tonight's Super League game between Warrington and St Helens.
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With all games this week we have to be very much aware of the weather. It's a great equaliser and causes upsets and simply has to be considered.
But regardless of conditions, this is an interesting contest. I went to a couple of Warrington training sessions in Australia and was struck by the amount of youngsters in their group.
With a few players missing and several senior names having departed, this has the look of a fresh start even though they're among the favourites to win Super League XIX.
Warrington did enjoy an excellent pre-season, one of the very best I've seen in Australia. They had quality time together and had outstanding weather whereas their rivals who were based in the UK throughout didn't enjoy that advantage.
Luke Walsh, St Helens' new half back, is a big thing for Saints and we'll see how he gets on. Everyone talks about their size but it may not be an advantage in the conditions and the loss of Mose Masoe for the season opener is a worry.
This should be a great tussle and there may not be all that many points in it. Saints dominated this fixture once but Warrington have started to take control of late and, with home advantage and better preparation, they may just about cover the start.
Chris Riley is Sky Bet's price boost to score the first try but I like the look of Joel Monaghan.
He averages around a try per game at home and looks decent value to open the scoring tonight in a game I expect Warrington to win.