Prices are up for the second round of Super 8s action. Some sides will be looking to bounce back from damaging defeats from the first week while others will look to maintain the momentum they developed over the closing stages of the regular season rounds.
Wakefield Trinity v Leeds Rhinos
Wakefield’s bubble might have burst but they may raise their game for the arrival of Leeds on Thursday night in front of the Sky cameras. Only St. Helens have managed to come away with a convincing win here – Leeds’ last visit was a tightly contested game with the Rhinos coming out on top.
The Super League’s second-placed side are best priced 4/11 to record another victory here with Wakefield as long as 11/4. The home side have also been given a 10-point start on the handicap. Given the contrasting fortunes of the sides in the last game, you’d think Leeds would cover that, but it wouldn’t be a surprise if Wakefield were to raise their game and keep it within those 10 points. Wakefield +10 is 10/11.
Salford Red Devils v Castleford Tigers
Salford are really struggling to find form and the last thing they’ll want it is to face the league leaders – though they are facing a Castleford side whose 14-match winning run in the league came to an end last week.
They will look to end their five-match losing streak by repeating the narrow win they recorded over the Tigers in March. Bookies are varying between an eight-point and ten-point start for the home side. The Devils are pushing 3/1 while the Tigers are 2/5. As far as handicap bets go, Castleford -10 looks appealing at 11/10. When sides tend to get ahead of Salford of late, they tend to put a double figure margin on them.
St. Helens v Hull FC
This is a fascinating contest in store. Saints go into this in their best run of form of the season following their win over Castleford while Hull’s form seems to be on the up. As a result this should be a pretty hard one to call.
Apart from the meeting at Magic Weekend, the other two league games have been pretty tight contests, and this should be the same. Saints are best priced 8/13 and Hull are 13/8 – which looks a little on the long side as this promises to be quite a tussle.
Some bookies are varying between two-point and four-point starts for the visitors, but you can get Evens on Hull +4. While their match price looks a little long, if you’re a little more cautious this could be a decent bet.
Wigan Warriors v Huddersfield Giants
The two meetings between Wigan and Huddersfield this season have finished in draws – and it’s 30/1 to become a hat-trick.
Wigan were in decent form prior to their defeat at the hands of Leeds last week while Huddersfield climbed above the Warriors with a win over Wakefield.
In defeat recently Huddersfield have managed to keep things pretty close while they keep picking up wins that are making them tough customers for the top sides to face.
They have been given a start between eight and ten points on the handicap. You can get evens on Huddersfield +8 which looks a reasonable bet at this stage.
P.S. This is the last piece you’ll see on here for a couple of weeks, I’m off away. In a bit!