How the Bookies See it
- Warrington v Hull: Warrington 8/13, Hull 13/8, Draw 18/1 - Sky Bet
- Catalans v St Helens: Catalans 1/4, St Helens 11/4, Draw 25/1 - Paddy Power
- Leeds v Salford: Leeds 8/11, Salford 6/5, Draw 20/1 - Bet365
- Leaders Hull FC’s run of six Super League victories in a row is hugely impressive and could help them on their way to their first-ever Super League honours. Warrington sit in second but are inconsistent, having won four and lost four of their last eight, including a defeat to the Black and Whites in March.
- Catalans are nipping at the heels of the top two following a run of 12 games in which they have only been beaten twice. Opponents St Helens are languishing in fifth, six points behind Catalans and having lost their last three matches.
- Last year’s treble winners Leeds Rhinos have won just one of the last ten games, although that was against top-of-the-table Hull FC. They are rooted to the bottom of the table, four points behind visitors Salford. The Red Devils have won three of their last five games and know that, with a final push, a top-eight finish is still possible.
Hull FC have surprised the pundits by putting together a fantastic run to head up the standings at this stage of the season and, although the Super League betting odds suggest they will come a cropper when they visit Warrington on Friday night, that seems a little unfair on Lee Radford’s men. Wolves are on stuttering form at the moment and 13/8 from Sky Bet on the Black and Whites heading back east with both points seems a good price.
St Helens are struggling to recreate their blistering form from last term and face the long trip to the south of France to play Catalans on Saturday, knowing that defeat would effectively knock them out of contention for the league leader’s shield. Given the strength of the Dragons, it is difficult to see Saints returning to Merseyside with anything from the game. Hopefully the England football team will have better luck later that night in their opening Euro 2016 clash 300 kilometres north along the coastline in Marseilles.
Everyone has expected Leeds Rhinos to suddenly turn around their wretched form and recreate some of the magic that made them so successful last term, but instead things just seem to go from bad to worse at Headingley. Salford are the visitors on Friday and will be baffled by the bookies’ odds suggesting their hosts are favourites for a victory. An away win at 6/5 from Bet365 is not a bad shout but, if you would like a bigger return, Ladbrokes’ 11/5 on the Red Devils leading at half time and full time seems like good value. Paddy Power’s 15/8 on Salford to win with a handicap of 5.5 is also well worth a look.
- Sports.net’s top tip: Salford/Salford for Half Time/Full Time - 11/5 at Ladbrokes.