As well as the individual previews – which you can find below every mini-preview in this article – we are grouping Saturday and Sunday games of Magic Weekend. Here is our Saturday preview with the latest odds as of Friday afternoon.
Widnes Vikings v Wakefield Trinity
All eyes may be on Rangi Chase as he makes his debut for bottom side Widnes Vikings in the opening game. Widnes have lost each of their last three in all competitions – and have yet to lose four on the bounce despite their position.
Wakefield have been going well this season and have been competitive in nearly all of their games. It’s of little surprise they are favourites. Chris Chester’s men are favourites at 4/9 with Widnes available at 9/4. The Vikings have also been given a +8 start – priced at 11/10 with Stan James – with Wakefield -8 Evens with Bet365 and BetVictor.
Hull FC v St. Helens
Hull have been strong favourites all week and it’s of little surprise as they can finish Saturday on top of the table. They are going in search of a fifth consecutive Super League victory, while Saints are looking for a big win to kick start their season at a key stage of the season.
Having been hammered by Warrington and Castleford in the past couple of weeks, the Saints are probably low on confidence. It would take a lot of character, as well as ability, for them to record a win here.
Hull are best priced 2/5, while the Saints are 13/5 – and have been given a +10 start on the handicap. Some bookies have Hull at 11/10 to cover that (SkyBet, Stan James, Boylesports).
Wigan Warriors v Warrington Wolves
At the very start of the week Wigan were the favourites but that has turned around with Warrington becoming more and more fancied. Wigan still have numerous injury problems, while Wire have been boosted by the return of a couple of players – though Ashton Sims is a notable absentee as he serves a one-game suspension.
Warrington have rediscovered their form after a poor start to the season and could go within two points of their opponents – who currently sit fifth. Wigan will look to close the gap on the top four places – and avoid a third successive Super League defeat.
Wigan are available at 6/5 while Warrington are best priced 10/11. The Warriors have been given a +2 start on the handicap – with both sides Evens with Bet365.