Not many will have bet on Salford Red Devils and Wakefield Trinity occupying two of the top four positions in Super League at this stage of the season – but here we are.
Salford sit in second and opened up a three-point cushion on the sides behind them prior to this weekend’s games – while Wakefield are enjoying their best run of form this season having won each of their last five Super League games.
The Red Devils have won 10 of their last 11 and their incredible turnaround after being so close to relegation last season shows no signs of letting up. They’ll be looking to build on comprehensive Bank Holiday wins over Catalans Dragons and Warrington Wolves.
Wakefield managed to get the better of Huddersfield Giants in a tight encounter, and fought back from 20-0 down to beat Wigan 42-30 on Monday. However, they have at least three players facing lengthy spells on the sidelines – including new signing Adam Walker.
The home side are strong favourites, and are best priced 2/7 with Wakefield are available at 3/1 – and have been given a +12 start on the handicap.
We’d expect the home side to win and cover that handicap at 10/11, but Salford-14 with SkyBet at 11/10 also appeals. We’re going to tip that – especially if you feel bold.
Following on from that, for a winning margin, we’re going to tip Salford by 16-20 points at 13/2 with William Hill. While the points have started to flow for Salford, it’s hard to see Wakefield being on the end of a battering given their good season so far.