Super League preview: London Broncos V Warrington Wolves
This is set to be the biggest test London have faced in 2014. Their makeshift squad has struggled against the likes of Widnes, Salford and Bradford, so to come up against a side tipped for honours and with serious firepower across the field is sure to be a step too far.
An almost full-strength Wolves outfit welcome back Scotland international Matty Russell, who should start at full-back and give Stefan Ratchford the chance to express himself in the halves alongside Richie Myler.
London, on the other hand, have several injuries, but have been strengthened by the arrival of electric full-back Denny Solomona, while new half-back partners Ben Farrar and Josh Drinkwater will only get better with more game-time. Despite the encouraging signs the Broncos showed against Bradford last week, it’s hard to see past an almighty thumping this afternoon.
Jordan Atkins, Mike Bishay, Mason Caton-Brown, Matt Cook, James Cunningham, Josh Drinkwater, Ben Farrar, Carl Forster, Alex Foster, George Griffin, Olsi Krasniqi, Iliess Macani, Michael McMeeken, Thomas Minns, Scott Moore, Jamie O’Callaghan, Nick Slyney, Denny Solomona, Jon Wallace.
Roy Asotasi, Ryan Atkins, Chris Bridge, Ben Currie, Ben Evans, Rhys Evans, Mickey Higham, Chris Hill, James Laithwaite, Joel Monaghan, Michael Monaghan, Richie Myler, Gareth O’Brien, Gene Ormsby, Stefan Ratchford, Matty Russell, Trent Waterhouse, Ben Westwood.
What the bookies think
I am not sure I’ve seen odds as overwhelming as this. London Broncos are 40/1 to win, while Warrington are 1/100. A draw is 100/1. Click here to read our betting preview for this afternoon’s games.
What the stats say
In 39 Super League encounters, London have won 17 times to Warrington’s 22.
London Broncos highest score: 62-18 (H, 2012) (Widest margin: 60-8, H, 2009)
Warrington highest score: 82-6 (H, 2011); 82-10 (A, 2013) (Widest margin: 82-6, H, 2011)
Warrington’s Stefan Ratchford has scored tries in the Wolves’ last four meetings with London Broncos as follows: 1-1-2-1.
London’s Kieran Dixon has scored tries in the Broncos’ last three meetings with Warrington as follows: 1-3-1.
What we think
Put your car, mortgage and life savings on a Warrington win. It’s a real shame, but the end result here is nothing short of inevitable.