Wigan Warriors vs Penrith Panthers Prediction: Champion of Champions to be decided

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World Club Challenge 
Wigan Warriors vs Penrith Panthers
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24.02.2024, 23:00

Olakunle Emmanuel
22 Feb 2024
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Wigan Warriors vs Penrith Panthers Prediction, Betting Tips & Odds │24 FEBRUARY, 2024

The pinnacle of rugby league competition, the World Club Challenge, pits the Super League champions against the National Rugby League victors, determining the global rugby league champions. This time around, the highly anticipated clash features the Penrith Panthers squaring off against the Wigan Warriors at the prestigious DW Stadium. Let's delve into the comprehensive match details and explore the betting opportunities awaiting enthusiasts.

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Wigan Warriors earned their spot in the 2024 World Club Challenge by triumphing over the Catalan Dragons with a 10-2 scoreline in the previous season's Super League Grand Final. The Warriors capped off the season with an impressive record of 20 wins and seven losses, securing the minor premiership through points differential alongside the Catalans Dragons and St Helens, all concluding the season with identical records. Leading Wigan's try-scoring chart was Liam Marshall with an impressive tally of 20 tries, closely followed by former Parramatta Eel Bevan French, who notched 17 tries. The Warriors' most recent World Club Challenge appearance was in 2019, where they succumbed to a 20-8 defeat against the Sydney Roosters at DW Stadium. However, their previous encounter in 2017 saw them emerge victorious with a convincing 22-6 win over the Cronulla Sharks in England. Notably, former St George Dragon Luke Thompson will be absent from this match due to concussion protocol.

The Penrith Panthers achieved a remarkable three-peat, securing a 26-24 triumph over the Brisbane Broncos in the National Rugby League Grand Final. This victory capped off a stellar year for the Panthers, who not only clinched the minor premiership with an impressive record of 18 wins and six losses but also outpaced Brisbane on points differential. Throughout the season, Nathan Cleary stood out as the orchestrator for the Penrith Panthers, earning recognition as one of the game's greats at just 26 years old. Despite their domestic success, the Panthers have faced challenges on the international stage, having lost all three of their previous World Club Challenge appearances, including a heart-wrenching golden-point defeat of 13-12 against St Helens in the previous year.

As they gear up for the upcoming match, Jarome Luai is unlikely to take any risks with his shoulder, which forced him off the field in the grand final last season, resulting in his absence from this matchup. The young half, Jack Cole, is poised to step in and partner with Cleary in Luai's stead.

The Penrith Panthers are gearing up for a redemption quest in the upcoming clash against the Wigan Warriors, aiming to overcome the heartbreak of last year's World Club Challenge loss. In the previous edition, the Panthers experienced heart-wrenching disappointment as they drew 12-12 at BlueBet Stadium, only to see St Helens secure a 13-12 victory in golden point with a decisive field goal. This highly anticipated match marks the return of the World Club Challenge to England after a four-year hiatus, and a capacity crowd of over 20,000 fans is expected.

Foreseeing a closely contested battle, I anticipate a back-and-forth struggle that will keep the game's total points under the remarkably low threshold of 30.5. Despite the risk associated with the Panthers starting as 2.5-point favorites, a careful analysis of the money line odds suggests that it's a favorable number, giving the Panthers an edge to emerge victorious in the end.

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