Wigan v Saints and Castleford v Wakefield are the two selected TV games for Good Friday.
First up Wigan will go in search of an eighth consecutive Good Friday win over their rivals and end a four match winless streak in the process, while the visitors will look to start life without Keiron Cunningham with a win.
The bookies have the home side as clear favourites. Earlier this week, we suggested that Saints at 2/1 might look generous considering Wigan’s injury list. Saints are available at 12/5 elsewhere and 2/1 is among the shorter prices you can get.
Tony Clubb is their latest entrant to the treatment room but Michael McIlorum, Joe Burgess and Sean O’Loughlin have all been named in their 19-man squad – which adds some aggression, firepower and maybe another dimension to their play. Anthony Gelling has also been included in the squad having missed each of their last three outings.
For the visitors James Roby is sidelined with a knee problem but on paper they still have a decent side at their disposal – but they haven’t been showing that quality on the field enough so far this term.
Jamahl Lolesi has been handling the media duties this week and has spoken well and has suggested he can change one or two things going into the game rather than anything wholesale. One does wonder if their game plan and those small changes will be enough to get the better of a Wigan side that will no doubt feel boosted by players returning.
On the handicap, Wigan -8 may well be worth covering at 10/11 – which is currently widely available – while Coral and Sky Bet have that at Evens which looks a really good bet.
Castleford look nailed on to continue their good form and maintain their place at the top of the Super League table. Wakefield have shown they are in pretty good form themselves and can be a threat.
As previously mentioned. Statistically speaking Castleford’s most disappointing result at home this season was a 17-point win over Catalans – which shows you just how well they’re playing at home.
Wakefield have been given a +20 start and you can still get 10/11 on the Tigers to cover that with several bookmakers, which is a price we’d happily take. Chris Chester’s side have had one loss by a similar margin this season when they travelled to Leeds and were well beaten.
Combined with how Castleford have regularly taken games away from their opponents in short spells this season, as well as their improved defence, one would think that their class would be too much. Plenty of bookies are offering a +22 start for Wakefield at the same price. If you fancy Wakefield to make a tighter affair as a few of their game have been this season, a +18 start for them to defend is 11/8 with Betfred is the bet for you.
Trinity’s habit of turning a couple of games into arm wrestles suggests that would be pretty good value but they are facing undoubtedly the best team in the competition.