How the Bookies See it:
- Widnes v St Helens: St Helens 1/8, Widnes 9/2, Draw 25/1 - William Hill
- Warrington v Wakefield: Warrington 4/11, Wakefield 11/5, Draw 25/1 - BetVictor
Widnes Vikings are currently Super League’s whipping boys, having notched up just one win and a draw from ten fixtures. Convincing defeats by Wakefield, Warrington and Leeds in recent weeks have compounded the gloom hanging over Lowerhouse Lane. St Helens have been hit and miss this year and sit in a disappointing eighth position in the table. However, a determined win over leaders Cas on Easter Monday has handed them the confidence boost they sorely needed.
Warrington Wolves looked dead and buried after round six, having failed to rack up a single point. A draw and three fine victories in four games since has shown that there is still life in last year’s runners-up. Wakefield Trinity looked to be flying after five wins in six games in March and early April, but they were soundly beaten by Castleford and Wigan in their last two matches, suggesting they struggle to break down the better teams in the league.
Even though St Helens have not performed anywhere near their capabilities this term, it is difficult to consider them making the return ten-mile trip from Widnes with anything other than the two points. The best price on the market for a straight win is Bet365’s 1/6, but that is a less-than-tempting punt. The bookie does however rate Saints chances of winning with a 14-point handicap at 10/11, which is definitely worth a look.
St Helens/St Helens in the half time/full time market will bring in 1/3 at BetVictor but, if you think Vikings can utilise home advantage to rally early on, 7/1 on Widnes/St Helens from the same bookie is an interesting prospect.
The bookmakers think Warrington will continue their recent form and overcome Wakefield on Saturday afternoon, with Wolves 4/11 at BetVictor to claim their fourth win in a row. However, Trinity have strung together a number of very good results this year and only came a cropper at the weekend when they faced Wigan and Cas, two of the strongest sides in the league. A hopeful stake on the West Yorkshire side winning (11/4 at Bet365) is certainly inviting. If you’re a little more cautious, take a look at the handicaps field, where Bet365 has 10/11 on Wakefield winning with a +10 head start.
- Sports.net’s Top Tip: Wakefield to beat Warrington with a positive handicap of ten at 10/11 with Bet365
Please note that odds may fluctuate in the run up to kick off.