Castleford will be looking to avoid 2 defeats in a row when they travel to the AJ Bell Stadium for Friday night Rugby.
Salford will be looking to address an alarming slide which has seen them replaced in the top 4 by St Helens. A good regular season though has given them 4 home games in the Super 8 so 4 of their last 6 are at the AJ Bell starting with this one.
The Red Devils have now lost 5 on the spin in League and Cup and this is why the bookies have them at 11/4 to win this , the Tigers had won 12 on the spin before last week’s defeat against St Helens and are around 2/7 for another win on the road but they lost at the AJ Bell in the regular season so that could give the Red Devils some confidence.
It’s hard though to argue a case for a home win and you get the feeling Salfords season ended with the defeat to Wigan in the cup semi final.
They put up a fight for a half at Hull last week before capitulaing in the 2nd half.
The Tigers will be looking to bounce back after last weeks defeat but may struggle to win by more than the 10 point handicap.
Salford have already beaten Castleford at home and gave them a tough test in losing at the jungle 4 weeks ago.
Castleford ran away with it the end though and whilst they should win here I think it may be by less than double figures.
Their last 2 wins on the road have been by less than the 10 point handicap.
Hitchcock heads 1st try lists at 9/1 but I’d prefer his wing partner Joel Monaghan at 12’s.
Red Devils new signing Vatuvei is also an interesting 12/1 shot.
Gale is too hard to oppose at 11/2 for the man of the match, Mcshane is a real danger at 16/1 but it’s hard to see past the England half back.
Lui is 12/1 for the Red Devils but Murdoch-Masila is the best player in Salford colours and at 20/1 it’s him and Gale for me.
2 other games tonight, Wigan were awful against Leeds last week and look to have only the cup final left to salvage something from a poor season.
Huddersfield had an impress win over Wakefield, who beat Leeds last night, last week so will fancy their chances of landing odds of around 12/5 for a win at the DW.
There is a worry Wigan will concentrate on the Cup now but they have picked their best squad available, both League games ended in draws and you certainly can’t rule out another one at 20/1. Neither result would be a surprise in what is effectively a dead rubber so the value could be Huddersfield getting an 8 point start on the handicap.
Finally St Helens concede a 4 point start on the handicap against cup finalists Hull. Surely this is a game that could have been picked up by TV as both sides look in good form, particularly Saints who are the form side in Super League at the moment after an impressive win at Castleford last week.
Hull followed up a great cup semi win over Leeds with another impressive 2nd half performance to beat Salford last week.
Another game where any result is possible, and if pushed would just fancy the visitors to get the 2 points.
There’ll be plenty who fancy the hosts at 8/15 given their form but I think FC can win what is the game of the week by the minimum 1-5 points.
The value has to be Hull getting a 4 point start on the cap instead of the 13/8 match win odds but in a game that’s bound to be tight I like the 13/2 that the game is a draw at either half time or full time.
Hull KR visit Leigh for middle 8 Saturday, as always please gamble responsibly