Second v third at Magic Weekend …it doesn’t get much better than that in Betfred Super League!
The Wire – absolutely brimming with confidence – play Wigan in the match of the round at Newcastle in one of the game’s showcase occasions.
We’re well into May and the sporting dramas just keep on unfolding.
The Magic Weekend is a superb occasion – on and off the St James’ Park pitch.
It’s great the way RL fans mingle with one another with barely a hint of trouble, just banter between supporters enjoying the occasion and bonded by their love of the sport.
The action comes thick and fast between clubs not always looking their fashionable best in kits that often, shall we say, raise a few eyebrows!
Still the colourful outfits are major talking points – and more importantly, are used to boost charities or promote good causes.
So it’s Wigan v Warrington on Saturday and the fixture is repeated again in the Challenge Cup quarters after Warrington’s not that pretty 66-10 triumph over Toronto Wolfpack at the Halliwell Jones in round six.
Coach Steve Price hit the nail on the head with this assessment of the win: “We scored 12 tries, ten in the second half. It was very pleasing to get the result and we came through with no injuries too.
“Toronto have been doing some really good things in the championship; they are leading the competition for a reason. We always knew they’d come to slow the game down. That’s not what we want for our great game; we want it to be entertaining for the fans and be able to play up-tempo. The next round, Warrington against Wigan are always tough, brutal games.”
Betfred have Warrington 11/10 to beat Wigan on Saturday while following the cup draw, we’re 5/1 they are outright winners at Wembley. Of the rest, Wigan are also 5/1, Saints 7/4, Hull FC 13/2, Leeds 4/1, Leigh 28/1, Huddersfield 14/1 and Catalans 20/1.
Saturday is of course also FA Cup final day which is Jose Mourinho’s chance to put a bit of gloss on Manchester United’s generally disappointing season.
United are 5/6 to lift the cup at Wembley edging Chelsea who are evens. The truth is both teams are far from their best and I really do hope I’m wrong but this game has 0-0 after 90 minutes written all over it which is 15/2 at Betfred.
Betfred are meanwhile 10/1 that record-breaking City not only retains the Premier League title – but again hit the 100 point mark.
The gap between City and the rest is enormous…they are literally a class apart. We paid out before Christmas on City being champions and the fact is the five most likely to challenge are light years behind. Look at United who were runners-up, and ask yourself how many of their players would get into City’s superstar side. The answer is possibly two – Paul Pogba and keeper David De Gea.
Betfred are 8/13 that City are champions again with Champions League finalists Liverpool second favourites at 5/1, United 6/1, Chelsea 12/1, Spurs 14/1 – and Arsenal 25/1.