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Super League Tips - Grand Final Winner: Wigan Warriors @ 5/2 Betfred
Regular readers of this page will know I am a Wigan Warriors fan, but that is not the reason I think they will be crowned champions at Old Trafford in October.
St Helens have been outstanding for the last four years, but surely their time has to come to an end. Years ago, Saints fans complained that Wigan were ruining the sport because of their domination – they are not that bothered now, are they?
The Saints have a new coach this season in Paul Wellens. Wello was an amazing player, but the jury is out on whether or not he can be a world-class coach. I actually think he will be a success, but he will not win the Grand Final in his first season.
Wigan won the Challenge Cup Final last season and lost in the play-offs semi-final. I expect them to be stronger this season with Matt Peet working his magic.
They may have lost Tommy Leuluai to retirement and John Bateman to the NRL, but they still have the likes of Jai Field, Cade Cust, Bevan French, Morgan Smithies and Harry Smith.
The Warriors choked when it mattered the most last year, but I am backing them to be better for that experience and go on to win their sixth Grand Final.