If there was an extra television slot available for this weekend’s games, then St Helens v Salford will have probably filled it.
It’s an interesting game in prospect as Saints are still struggling for that consistency – even under new coach Justin Holbrook – but they are more than capable of recording wins against good sides.
They’ve still yet to record more than two wins on the bounce – and were defeated by Huddersfield Giants last week with their game in hand on the rest.
Salford will look for their first league win in three games and retain second place in the Super League table. They managed to get back to winning ways by booking their place in the last four of the Challenge Cup with a comprehensive win over Wakefield.
As for health of their squads – the Saints are missing Ryan Morgan through injury but are otherwise at full strength. Josh Jones is a notable inclusion in the 19-man squad for Salford.
Saints sit in sixth and are the favourites – they are best priced 8/15 – while second-placed Salford are 2/1.
Some have given the Red Devils at +6 start at 10/11 – though some at Evens, while others are offering 10/11 on a +8 start for the Devils. If they were to lose, we’d think they’d make it a tight affair – if you’re cautious, take the eight-point start with SkyBet. We like the look of a six-point start at Evens with Bet Victor and Betfred.
As for a winning margin – we’d have a look at either St Helens by 1-5 points – available at 5/1 – or Salford by 6-10 points. You can get 8/1 on that kind of victory for the Red Devils.