Saturday sees two sides in the bottom four of Super League who are both desperate for a win as Warrington meet Catalans.
Wire have lost each of their last four Super League games and were narrowly beaten by Wigan in the Challenge Cup last weekend.
Catalans haven’t been in great form themselves – and this will be the first time new coach Steve McNamara will get a look at his side in competitive action. Will there be a new coach bounce from the Dragons? They’ll certainly be hoping so having won just one of their last eight league matches.
Warrington are without Stefan Ratchford through suspension. He’s replaced in the 19-man squad by Jack Johnson, and Chris Hill returns after being suspended for the defeat to Wigan.
Tony Smith’s side are heavy favourites despite their recent form – and you can get them at 2/5.
Catalans have four players back in their ranks in Jason Baitieri, Ben Garcia, Justin Horo and Jodie Broughton all returning to their 19-man squad. They have been struggling with injuries themselves this season – and some might suggest the 12/5 on offer for a Catalans win will be tempting to some.
The visitors have been given an eight-point start on handicap at Evens with various bookies – Warrington are the same price with SkyBet to cover it. Given there are some many unknowns to take into account – Catalans +8 at Evens seems to be the bet for us.
Prior to their loss to Wigan, Warrington were showing signs it was hard for them to get beyond 20 points in a game for a few weeks. If they win, it could be a narrow one.