Huddersfield host Widnes while Wakefield welcome St Helens
Denis Betts’ Vikings will be hoping they can carry the momentum from their 58-16 victory over Wakefield previously as they make the journey across the Pennines to take on Huddersfield, who recorded a narrow 28-24 defeat against Leeds Rhinos last time out.
This should be an interesting match, and at 4/1 for the victory with Coral, Widnes could be worth a punt. Lloyd White, who scored a quad of tries against the Wildcats is a decent 9/4 chance to cross the whitewash anytime, and his haul took him to joint-top of the Super League try-scorer charts on with four tries.
Seasoned Super League try-scorer Patrick Ah Van also crossed twice, and as a result, the 26-year-old is 12/1 to record the first four points from open play. Kevin Brown was another who collected a couple of tries, and will be hoping he can turn it on against his former side. He is well priced at 9/4 in the anytime market.
The Giants are rock bottom of the Super League table having failed to pick up a point so far this season. Jamie Ellis is their top scorer this term with two, and having crossed against Leeds, and is 2/1 in the anytime market.
St Helens, meanwhile, have a 100 per cent record in Super League this season, along with Leeds and have three players on three tries each. Two of those, Tommy Makinson and Mark Percival grabbed a try apiece in the 21-14 win over Castleford last time out and are 6/1 and 10/1 respectively in the first scorer market. Jordan Turner, also on three, is 5/4 to cross anytime.
Head coach Keiron Cunningham expects a tough task against Wakefield despite them losing against Widnes last time out: “I was a bit baffled by Sunday’s result. They are doing a job in attack and defence, but they didn’t turn up on the day,” Cunningham said regarding the match.
“Put it this way, I won’t be using that video to show my players. You know what to expect against them – they throw the ball about all over the field – their half, your half, anywhere.
“It is going to be a big challenge for us – and Wakefield always end up making it a bit of an arm wrestle for us there, so it will be interesting to see how we respond,” he continued.
“Half back Tim Smith has played on the front foot at the start of the year because his pack has been dominating.
“He got squashed at Widnes, because his pack was beaten. If we can do a number on their middle then it takes Tim Smith out of the game a little.We will be going there prepared.”
For Wakefield, who have earned a reputation as battlers this season, winning two, centre Chris Riley is available at 14/1 to cross first, and is join-top of the scorer charts in the Super League currently. Stand off Jacob Miller, is just one behind on three, and is 11/4 anytime.