Widnes will be aiming to make it fourth time lucky against Warrington this season when they meet in the first round of the Middle 8s.
The Vikings finished bottom of the regular season Super League table and have lost each of their last four games while Warrington appear to have found some form by winning four of their last five games.
The home side have been boosted by the return of eight players to their squad from their last outing – a defeat to Warrington in the regular season Super League rounds – with Rangi Chase, Rhys Hanbury, Lloyd White and Chris Bridge among them.
Edit: Rangi Chase has been declared unavailable for selection after testing positive for cocaine. You can read their club statement on that here.
One notable change to Warrington’s squad from their meeting two weeks’ ago sees Dom Crosby come in for Ben Currie – who seemed to have picked up a knock to his knee in that game.
The prices see Widnes as underdogs at 12/5 with Warrington at 2/5. The Vikings have been given an eight-point start on the handicap which is available at Evens, with Warrington 10/11 to cover it.
When Widnes had their better players available in the latter part of last season they proved to be tough customers at home and they could be again here. We’d fancy the Vikings +8 at Evens.
As for a winning margin, Warrington might run it close with a 6-10 points win at 19/4, but those who fancy a home win might like the look of the Vikings by 1-5 points at 6/1.