Widnes Vikings will be looking to move off the bottom of the table on Magic Weekend when they face Wakefield Trinity.
The Vikings have lost each of their last three games – including last weekend’s Challenge Cup clash with Warrington – and go in search of only their third win of the campaign at St James’s Park.
Trinity, however, will look to consolidate their position inside the top eight. They currently sit sixth and could at least temporarily leapfrog Wigan prior to their match with Warrington – which is the last game on the Saturday.
Wakefield have won each of their last three games in all competitions and got the better of Widnes when they faced each other at Belle Vue earlier on in the season.
The Vikings have their fair share of injuries and have recruited three players on loan this week – most notably Rangi Chase on loan from Castleford until the end of the season, in a deal which could see him stay beyond this campaign.
Widnes have the bluntest attack in the division, according to the statistics, while Wakefield have shown they can be a match for anyone this season.
Earlier on in the week bookmakers priced up Trinity as 4/7 favourites – and you’ll be lucky to get that now. They are best priced 1/2 with some firms going as short as 4/11.
Widnes are best priced 2/1 – which can be found in several places. If you like to follow patterns, bizarrely the Vikings have yet to record four consecutive losses in all competitions this season – and with a trip to Castleford next week, this might be a game they target.
Denis Betts’ side have been given a +8 start on the handicap at 10/11. There are others available but that seems pretty fair but when Widnes lose games this season, they tend to lose by a big margin. Wakefield -10 at 11/10 with both William Hill and Sky Bet could be appealing.
There aren’t many prices up for margin of victory betting but there are one or two to look out for when they are available. Wakefield’s recent wins have been by 20+ points, but on the lower side a 16-20 win margin might be worth backing at 7/1 with Paddy Power.
If you fancy the Vikings, and want a longer shot than their 2/1 match bet, Widnes winning by 6-10 points could be the bet for you. That’s available at 10/1 on Betfred.