There are just the four Super League games this weekend with the top eight from last season playing each other – the rest are in Challenge Cup action before the remaining Super League sides enter at the next round.
The first of the televised games sees Widnes Vikings take on St Helens on Friday night. Widnes are rock bottom of the table are in need of a win while the Saints will hope they found their springboard to kick on from their Easter Monday victory over leaders Castleford Tigers.
The Vikings are 4/1 to record only their second win of the season. Despite being rock bottom, another defeat here would mean it would be their longest run of defeats so far this season.
St Helens are available at 2/7 to make it back-to-back wins. Widnes have been given a +12 start. Saints are Evens to cover that with Bet365, while the home side are the same price to defend it. Saints have only had won convincing winning margin to their name this season – when they beat Warrington – while Widnes have been on the end of several big defeats.
Some good defence from St Helens, combined with the freedom they’ve found in their attack in the past couple of days means one would probably lean towards a Saints win on a -12 handicap at Evens.
Warrington host Wakefield on Saturday with both sides having contrasting Easter periods. Wire’s victories over Widnes and Huddersfield made it three on the bounce for Tony Smith’s side while Wakefield lost out to the two favourites for the Super League title in Castleford and Wigan – the latter narrowly in an arm wrestle on Easter Monday.
Warrington’s wins have hardly been sparkling as they have been edging out sides but they have managed to get wins on the board.
Wakefield have been given a +10 start and have only been beaten handsomely twice to the top two sides in the division in Castleford and Leeds. Wakefield +10 at 10/11 is worth a bet, while 11/4 to win outright (with Bet365 and Sporting Bet) also can’t be discounted. That would be the bold bet from these two games but for ‘safer’ punters take the handicap betting.
We’ll have a look at other prices in different markets ahead of the TV games early on Friday.