How the Bookies See it
- Wakefield v Castleford: Cas 2/5, Wakefield 11/5, Draw 25/1 - Betfred
- St Helens v Hull: St Helens 5/6, Hull Evens, Draw 20/1 - Coral
- Catalans v Wigan: Wigan 4/9, Catalans 2/1, Draw 18/1 - William Hill
Wakefield Trinity enjoyed a six-game winning streak that began in April and ended with them taking down second-placed Salford early last month. Two defeats followed, before they enjoyed a convincing 26-12 win over Warrington last week without even getting out of second gear. Castleford Tigers have dominated Super League this year, and a 24-22 victory over Hull last Friday saw them notch up their ninth league win on the bounce. They sit eight points clear of Salford at the top of the table.
St Helens are alternating between wins and defeats at the moment, which sums up their inconsistent season. Cas, Huddersfield and Leeds have had the better of them in recent weeks, with highlights provided by victories over Salford, Widnes and Wigan. A win at the weekend should confirm their Super 8 place, barring a set of freak results in the last two games before the split. Fourth-placed Hull FC went down to Tigers last week, following three good wins in a row against Wigan, Salford and Wakefield.
Catalans Dragons have it all to do if they are to avoid a relegation battle in the Qualifiers. They are two points off eighth, and four behind this weekend’s opponents, with three left to play. This follows a torrid run that has seen them win just two of their last ten, including a 40-36 win over Leigh last Saturday. Last year’s Grand Final winners Wigan Warriors are scrapping to guarantee Super League survival in seventh, with just a win (over lowly Widnes last Sunday) and a draw to show from their last six matches.
Wakefield have been transformed this season and will surely challenge for a play-off spot as the Super 8s progress. However, they welcome a formidable Cas side on Thursday and only the most optimistic home fan will take up Paddy Power on 11/5 for a Wakey win. Evens on them succeeding with an eight-point head start might be worth a look though, as it could be a reasonably close affair thanks to Trinity’s home advantage.
St Helens need the points at the Totally Wicked Stadium on Friday night to all but cement their place in the top eight, but Hull should have too much for them. Evens is about the best return you can expect for the East Yorkshire to win, but the same firm has 19/10 on them leading at both half and full time, which seems entirely plausible. There is less pressure on the Black and Whites, leaving them to complete a professional job and return along the M62 in good cheer.
A trip to Perpignan used to be a daunting prospect, but Dragons have been mediocre at best this term both home and away. That said, Wigan have fared barely any better and three points from their last two games against less-than-illustrious opposition does not suggest a happy flight home for Warriors. William Hill’s 2/1 on Catalans to win is decent, with 10/3 on Dragons/Dragons in the Half Time/Full Time market more risky, but not out of the question.
- Sports.net’s Top Tip - Hull/Hull for Half Time/Full Time at 19/10
*Please note, odds may fluctuate.