Super League Super 8s Tips: Warriors and Wolves to win and don't underestimate London

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Warrington Wolves fans can cheer them to victory over Challenge Cup Final opponents Catalans on Friday
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Phil Spink takes a look at the opening Super 8s games on Thursday and Friday and can see Wigan and Warrington getting off to a good start...

"Warrington's only defeats since March 2nd have been against the three sides currently above them in the league and they need backing to cover the ten handicap."

The regular Super League season is done and dusted. This week sees the start of the Super 8s and Qualifiers.

No respite for Widnes

Widnes Vikings vs London Broncos
Thursday 9 August, 19:45 BST
Live on Sky Sports Action

Thursday's televised game sees Widnes welcome the London Broncos and the recipients of the Super League wooden spoon could be in for a rude awakening against their free-scoring visitors.

A 72-6 demolition job at Barrow in the final round of the Championship, their seventh game without defeat, saw the Broncos finish as the highest scorers in the league. This looks very much one of their more-winnable games in the Qualifiers as they take on a battered Widnes who had a shocking Super League campaign and haven't won in sixteen matches. Back the Broncos with a ten start.

Wigan to shine again at home

Wigan Warriors vs Castleford Tigers
Friday 10 August, 19:45 BST
Live on Sky Sports Action

Second place is up for grabs as Castleford visit the DW Stadium on Friday and Wigan's stellar home record can see them take the two points.

The Warriors have lost just once on their patch all season, a 14-6 reversal to leaders St Helens two games back, and will be buoyed by the return of George Williams as the super 8s begin. The fantastic half-back once again tops the table for assists at Wigan despite missing the last six games and will be a key ingredient if they are to make Old Trafford.

The score stands at one apiece between the sides this season, a Jamie Ellis drop goal the difference between them in their last encounter in June as Castleford nicked a 19-18 win. You suspect the Tigers will peak as the Super 8s go on with a second Grand Final in their sights, much like Leeds have done in recent years, but they start with a tough fixture and just like last season may begin with a defeat. Back Wigan half time/full time at 10/11.

Wolves to get one over on their Wembley opponents

Warrington Wolves vs Catalans Dragons
Friday 10 August, 19:45 BST

Another of Friday's games sees Warrington Wolves host Catalans Dragons in a dress rehearsal for the Challenge Cup Final.

The two sides were full value for their wins on Sunday but it's interesting that the Dragons have rested seven players for this game, including top points-scorer Josh Drinkwater, who has been so influential in their transformation. Their team looks set to be much weaker than the one that played out a memorable 22-22 draw on their last visit to Merseyside a month ago and they could struggle.

Warrington's only defeats since March 2nd have been against the three sides currently above them in the league and they need backing to cover the ten handicap.

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