Battered Warriors may struggle

  • By: Ian Millward
  • Last Updated: March 1 2014, 13:27 GMT

Ian Millward previews Sunday's action in the Super League and fancies Wakefield to make life difficult for Wigan.

Wigan's defeat in World Club Challenge will have taken plenty out of them
Wigan's defeat in World Club Challenge will have taken plenty out of them

Bradford v London (+20) (1500 GMT)

These are the two basket cases of Super League. One is struggling to put a team of quality together down in London and the other is struggling to keep the gates open. I can't imagine what Bradford's players are going through. It's not just all about skill, you need mental preparation too and they can't have had much of that. They are turning up for training not knowing if their team-mates will still be there and then there's the worry that they might not get paid. This is an opportunity for London to get some credibility but then Bradford have had some experience of their current predicament last season and I expect them to win. London have conceded 100-plus in their two games so far so whether they can create enough is the key to whether they can cover the handicap. If pushed I'd side with Bradford but only because they are the home side. Overall I think this is a very poor opportunity for the punters and one to avoid.

Warrington v Hull (+10) (1500)

Warrington may have lost twice but they've not been too bad in defeat to St Helens and Leeds. They've had key forwards out and are also still coming to terms with the loss of Lee Briers. The way they finished last week against Leeds was very promising - there wasn't a lot in the game and Zak Hardaker actually saved the day for Leeds with some great tackles. I'm not a big Hull fan when they are away from home or their halves at the moment. They seem to lack that bit of quality to strike and put teams away. Warrington will hit back in this one, I feel. I'm pretty keen on them doing really well in this game. They are an improving team and should win and cover.

Wigan v Wakefield (+20) (1500)

Despite two defeats, Wakefield have done really well so far. They were only just beaten by Salford and had some poor handling errors against Bradford which cost them. They have a new squad, still forming combinations. However, they will have taken a lot out of that game last week - certainly as much as Wigan did from their defeat in Sydney. The Wigan squad have been away for a few weeks now with that massive World Club Challenge game. It does take it out of you and so this looks a good opportunity for Wakefield. The Wildcats are a team who do well with big starts and this may be an opportunity for people to take Wakefield with the start they are getting.


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