Hull FC could go top of the Super League if they were to beat a struggling St. Helens side at Magic Weekend in Newcastle.
Lee Radford’s side are just a point behind Castleford Tigers and are going in search of their sixth consecutive win in all competitions, while Saints will look to record a big win prior to Justin Holbrook taking charge of the club.
With Hull in second place, they are best priced 2/5 – shortened from 1/2 earlier in the week – to beat Saints whose struggles continued as they were dumped out of the Challenge Cup last weekend and are in danger of dropping out of the top eight.
You can get Saints at 11/4 with Bet365. They have shown they can get themselves up for the odd big game this season – notably at home to Castleford – but their confidence has been brittle of late. Once they concede, the game seems to get away from them and they can’t seem to dig in.
The handicap offered has changed from offering Saints +6 start to a +10 start at 10/11 – though SkyBet are offering 11/10 for Hull-10 which looks appealing. Saints +6 is now 13/10 with William Hill. Hull’s average margin of victory has been around 14 points, while Saints defeat is just over nine points – so one can see the sense in the handicap offered.
But given their recent displays against Warrington and Castleford – a third hammering could be on the way or there could be the backlash. If you fancy a backlash, you may as well take Saints at 11/4 – but for the other scenario, Hull -16 at 7/4 with Sporting Bet could be worth a look.
If Saints were to get the win, it’s likely it would be in a close game – so you might want to look at margins of victory of 1-10 points – any that fit into that range. They’re currently 8/1 to win by 1-5 points with Betfred. With Hull you could be looking at margins of 16+ points, and a win by 16-20 points is currently 13/2 with Paddy Power.