With all the focus on the Challenge Cup this weekend, it’s worth noting there is one Super League game taking place – with Huddersfield and St Helens playing catch-up on the rest of the competition when they meet at the John Smiths Stadium on Friday night.
Both sides have shown some significant improvement in recent weeks – as both of them have won four of their last six league games.
Huddersfield have seen an upturn in their performances and fortunes recently. They recorded back-to-back win for the first time this season against Warrington and Catalans – in emphatic circumstances on both occasions – while games they’ve lost have been by narrow margins against sides in good form. Their recent form has seen them climb into the top eight – and a win here would see them sit in seventh.
St Helens have certainly been showing signs of improvement under Justin Holbrook. They have won three of their four games under their new coach’s stewardship – and have climbed up into sixth. They haven’t conceded many points in recent weeks – but the only game they seemed to cut loose was their 45-0 win over Hull at Magic Weekend. This could be another occasion when they are in a tight contest.
Some of the bookies are finding this one hard to call – but the Giants have been priced up as slight favourites with several bookies – and are best priced at 10/11 at Sky Bet.
Saints are available at 6/5 with various bookmakers and could be worth a match bet – purely for the value – though some handicaps are offering them a +2 at 10/11 if you want a tiny bit of insurance.
As for winning margin betting, if you fancy Huddersfield to continue in a similar vein as they have recently done – a 21-25 points win is available at 16/1 (Betfred & BetVictor). An arm wrestle win for Saints – by 6-10 points – can be found at 6/1.