How the Bookies See it:
- St Helens v Wigan: St Helens 8/13, Wigan 11/8, Draw 18/1 - Sky Bet
- Leeds v Warrington: Leeds 4/7, Warrington 6/4, Draw 20/1 - Bet365
St Helens have hit a run of nine games in which they have alternated between winning and losing and it is this inability to string together a set of positive results that sees them languishing in seventh in the table. However, last weekend’s 45-0 demolition of high-flying Hull will fill Saints fans with optimism. Wigan Warriors are also struggling to replicate their form of recent years, with defeats at the hands of Cas and Salford followed by a 24-24 draw with Warrington in Newcastle. Joe Burgess’ last-minute try snatched the Warriors a point from the jaws of defeat and George Williams missed the conversion that would have given them an unlikely win.
Leeds Rhinos are beginning to stumble, having lost three of their last six Super League matches. They were undone by a hat trick from Castleford’s Greg Eden last week, going down 29-18 to their county neighbours. Warrington Wolves would have rung up their sixth win in seven games if they had just hung on against Wigan, but they remain Super League’s form team heading into Round 15.
St Helens against Wigan is particularly tough to call, as both sides have endured wildly inconsistent seasons. It is hard to believe that Saints could dispose of Hull FC so easily, just weeks after suffering defeat at the hands of Super League also-rans Widnes. The bookies predict a tight affair on Thursday, with the home side the marginal favourites, but Sky Bet will pay 11/8 on Warriors, which is the longest price you will find in the straight winner market. Wigan certainly have the ability to take the two points and should record their first win in four games.
Inconsistency is also the issue at Headingley, where Leeds Rhinos are in danger of undoing their good work from the start of the season. Defeat away to Warrington in Round 8 marked the beginning of Rhinos’ unsteady spell and the Wire are a tempting proposition to complete the double in West Yorkshire on Friday night. Paddy Power has 7/5 on a Wolves win and William Hill is paying 2/1 on the visitors being in the lead at half time and full time.
- Sports.net’s Top Tip: Warrington to beat Leeds at 7/5 with Paddy Power