How the Bookies See it:
- Wakefield v Leigh: Wakefield 8/11, Leigh 6/5, Draw 25/1 - Betfred
- St Helens v Warrington: St Helens 4/7, Warrington 11/8, Draw 20/1 - William Hill
Wakefield Trinity suffered early defeats to Hull and Huddersfield, before back-to-back wins over St Helens and Salford. However, last week they went down 38-14 to Leeds Rhinos, a result that coach Chris Chester put down to the arrogance of his players following two solid displays. Leigh Centurions are enjoying their return to Super League, notching up three wins from six games, including a 30-0 humbling of Huddersfield and a fine 22-8 victory over Warrington in their last two matches. A strong start last time out saw Centurions 10-0 up within the first quarter of an hour against last year’s league leaders.
St Helens sit a disappointing ninth in the table, having lost three of their five games so far. The Merseysiders have reason for optimism though, after a dogged display against Catalans last week saw them return from France with the two points for the first time since 2013. Warrington Wolves fans cannot believe their team’s wretched start to the season, with 2016’s beaten grand finalists having lost all five games so far. Catalans, Castleford, Salford, Wigan and Leigh have all inflicted defeats on the Cheshire side this term.
Wakefield’s clash with Leigh is a tough one to call, with the sides fairly evenly matched. The momentum is with Leigh, but Trinity’s players were read the riot act by their boss following their defeat to Rhinos and that could be enough to cause a reaction in front of the TV cameras on Thursday night. It’s likely to be close and there are some well-priced odds in the winning margin market if you agree. Wakefield to triumph by between one and 12 points is 11/5 at Bet365, with a win in the same range for Leigh standing at 12/5.
Although it would be a brave move to continue staking on Warrington to lose, given the talent at their disposal, Friday’s trip to St Helens is not what a team low on confidence needs. The buzz from last weekend’s overseas win should be enough to see Saints inflict more pain on neighbours Wire and Betfred has a solid 11/10 on the home side leading at both half and full time.
- Sports.net’s Top Tip: St Helens/St Helens for Half Time/Full Time at 11/10 with Betfred.
Please note that odds may fluctuate before kick off