Widnes already know they are consigned to playing in the Middle 8s but they will take heart from their recent home form – which has seen them win their last three games on their own patch.
Wakefield will look to take advantage of the top four playing each other on Friday night. They sit in fifth place – a point off the top four and four points off second. When it comes to playing sides below them in the league this season, Trinity tend to get the job done.
All of that means they are slight favourites, though some will say that 8/11 is quite a good price to take. Widnes are 8/5 in some places and have been given a four-point start on the handicap. You can get that at Evens in some places, and you can get Wakefield at Evens to cover it.
We’d fancy Wakefield at -4 – who welcome back Danny Kirmond to their 19-man squad. One notable inclusion for Widnes is that they have Rangi Chase available after a couple of games out through suspension.
He could make things difficult for Wakefield but if the Vikings threat is resisted, a Wakefield win by 11-15 points could be a real possibility. That’s available at 15/2.