WIGAN WARRIORS vs Castleford Tigers
Shaun Wane’s Wigan have lost two on the spin but the Warriors look well priced to get back to winning ways on Thursday night. Wigan have emerged victorious in all but one of their previous six contests with Castleford and it may prove prudent to side with Wane’s men on home soil.
The visitors have been simply sublime so far this campaign, winning six of their seven Super League fixtures. Offensively, Castleford have been on another level – scoring over 100 more points than any of their top flight rivals. Meanwhile, Wigan’s defence has been solid for the most part and Wane will know that a solid effort could make all the difference.
I’m backing Wigan to win a tight-knit affair. There won’t be much in it but the DW Stadium crowd could give the Warriors an edge...
SELECTION: Wigan to win @ EVS
HULL FC vs Salford Red Devils
The hosts are in fantastic form, losing just once to the Catalans Dragons – and that defeat was by just two points. Hull were unfortunate to draw with the Warrington Wolves last time out after a solid opening half and the Airlie Birds will be desperate to make amends in front of their home fans on Friday night.
Salford have stepped up in recent weeks and the visitors will be full of confidence after a run of three successive victories. In fact, the Red Devils are the only side to beat Castleford so far this year – and a repeat of March’s effort here could see the visitors extend their unbeaten stretch.
Despite Salford’s resurgence, I have to go with Hull in this contest. The Airlie Birds should have too much for a spirited Red Devils side...
SELECTION: Hull to win @ 3/8
LEIGH CENTURIONS vs Catalans Dragons
All three of Leigh’s victories have come on home soil and it may be wise to side with the newly promoted outfit again here. The Centurions have already earned home wins against St Helens and Warrington this year; and they will be raring to go against a Catalans side that sometimes fall short on the road.
At the start of the season, most Super League fans expected Catalans to challenge for one of the top spots. Unfortunately for them, the Dragons have been very disappointing and defeat to Leigh could be on the cards. The French side have struggled on both sides of the ball this season and it is hard to back the visitors on current form.
For me, Leigh will win this one fairly comfortably. The Centurions have settled after a fiery start to life in Super League and home advantage could prove crucial...
SELECTION: Leigh at -2.5 on the handicap @ 19/20
Warrington Wolves vs LEEDS RHINOS
Tony Smith is under serious pressure at the Halliwell Jones Stadium and Wolves fans have started to turn on the Australian. Defeat to Leeds could end his successful tenure at the club but perhaps that is what Warrington need: they are the only Super League side NOT to win a game this season – a bizarre statistic considering they reached the Grand Final in October.
Warrington were much better in the second half against Hull last weekend but Leeds have found another gear in recent weeks. Since getting thrashed by Castleford, the Rhinos won four on the spin; conceding just 54 points in the process. Brian McDermott’s men are on the rampage and it is hard to back against them.
At 11/10, Leeds are excellent value for money. Warrington could win if they find their best form but they’ve shown no sign of doing that in recent weeks...
SELECTION: Leeds to win @ 11/10
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