Adrian Lam says Leigh aim to “spoil the party” and prevent his former club Wigan Warriors winning the League Leaders’ Shield for the first time since 2020.

In one of the tightest ever finishes to a Betfred Super League season, a visitors’ victory will secure a trophy, nicknamed the ‘hub cap,’ ahead of Catalans Dragons and St Helens.

Defeat for the Leopards could put a top four finish and home play-off semi-final in jeopardy should Hull KR win at now relegated Wakefield.

Unsurprisingly, the 2023 Battle of the Borough part three, has attracted a sell-out crowd to Leigh Sports Village and the Sky TV cameras.

“It will be a massive night for Super League and a massive night for us,” says Lam, in charge when the ‘hub cap’ rolled into the DW Stadium three years ago.

“I don’t know how long it has been since three clubs could potentially win it on the last day.

“The Sky channel feels they (Wigan) are in a prime position to do it because they are hosting the game here. But we will wait and see and hopefully we can spoil the party.

“We are going to pick our strongest team and go for it. To be sitting in the top four with a game to go is a dream come true.

“At the start of the season if you had offered us fourth or fifth spot, or even top six and a Challenge Cup win we would have grabbed it with open arms.”

Wigan won the earlier meetings 34-6 and 44-18 and start favourites to complete a hat-trick. Matt Peet’s side chase an eighth successive victory since losing to Hull KR in the Challenge Cup semi-finals.

Leigh have injury doubts over skipper John Asiata (hamstring), Zak Hardaker (hand) and Frankie Halton (hand).

Hardaker was due to have a scan on a suspected broken hand as the Journal went to press.

Lam admitted in worst-case scenario the 2015 Man of Steel could miss the rest of the season.

“Zak could probably play with it but there could be a risk for the future for him.”

There are individual honours at stake too with Josh Charnley and Wigan’s Abbas Miski, together with Catalans’ Tom Johnstone, vying for Super League’s top try scoring award.

Charnley grabbed his 26th of the campaign in the 20-19 victory that relegated Wakefield.

But his rivals have 27; Miski racing into contention with five tries in last week’s 48-6 win over Castleford.

Lam has played a straight bat to reports linking Leopards with Dolphins’ Samoan international and ex Queensland half back, Anthony Milford.

“It is a name that has popped up but we haven’t signed or spoken about Anthony,” he said.

“He is a player I would like to talk to and potentially get him if we could get it to work. But we haven’t made contact yet.”

*After the disappointment of missing automatic promotion Leopards’ host Salford on Sunday (kick-off 2pm) in the group two promotion play-off semi-final.