There are four games tonight on a bumper night of Super League with repeats of both last year’s semi finals.
The Sky cameras are at Langtree Park for the visit of bottom of the table Warrington, and another defeat here will land the Wolves in real trouble.
Saints had a morale-boosting win in France on Saturday but are still in the bottom four.
Warrington have a good record at Langtree Park and with their injured players gradually coming back to fitness they will fancy their chances of a first win of the season, the Wolves have won on four of their last five visits here.
Stefan Ratchford returns for Wire but Tom Lineham is banned, Ryan Atkins also sits this one out with injury.
Matty Smith is in line for his first game of the season after being named in the Saints squad.
Super League sponsors Betfred give Warrington a 4-point start on the handicap for a game that is very hard to call.
With the quality in the Wire ranks they’re sure to come good at some stage, but they hit a new low with a shocking performance at Leigh last week.
They are really missing the tries of Ben Currie, but Ratchford’s return will give them a lift and some much-needed creativity. Captain Chris Hill will benefit from having a game under his belt and I do think the Wolves can keep this close.
Saints lost their last home game against Wakefield and whilst I’m not sure 6/4 is value for a Warrington side that are yet to win this season, they can stay inside the 4-point handicap.
Keiron Cunningham’s side are 4/7 to win this and they’ll have their backers based on the decent performance last week in Perpignan. However, this is a fixture where the away side usually do well and that could be the case again tonight.
I can’t see more than a try in it either way so the value has to be the visitors getting a 4-point start on the handicap.
Saints can be backed at 11/10 on the Half Time Full Time or conceding a 4-point start on the handicap. There are plenty of other handicaps available, if you fancy Wire to implode it’s 9/2 for St Helens conceding an 18-point start, that would put Tony Smith’s job in real jeopardy.
If pushed I would just take the Wolves to snatch it but neither result would be a shock in what could be a tense affair.
Adam Swift heads first try lists at 13/2, but last week’s match winner Jack Owens is probably better value at 8/1. Matty Russell is the shortest price in Primrose and Blue at 9/1 but could be some value in Kevin Penny at 14/1.
Don’t forget Betfred double your first try odds if your player goes on to score a second try.
Anytime try bets last the whole 80 minutes and Ben Westwood could be decent value at 9/2.
Finally the man of the match, Smith and Kevin Brown head the market at 13/2 and 7/1, but Theo Fages has been Saints best player this season and he gets my vote at 8/1. Smith may need to get a game under his belt before he enters the equation. As for the visitors, Captain Hill may lead from the front and he is preferred to the returning Ratchford at 20/1.
A severely depleted Wigan concede a 2-point start at home to Hull FC. Whilst injuries are never really an excuse it’s a who’s who list that the Warriors are missing here with the likes of Sean O’loughlin and Liam Farrell added to the list.
Eleven in total miss out and whilst FC have players missing themselves, they have far too much firepower in the backs to take advantage of the young Wigan wingers and they are surely the value here getting a 2-point start on the handicap, 6 was available earlier in the week.
You can’t take Wigan at 5/6 to win the game given the injuries, and whilst I think Hull can win at even money, you would be safer to take the 2-point start for the visitors at slightly lesser odds.
Huddersfield get a 6-point start for their home game against Leeds. The Rhinos have picked themselves up from the battering they got at Cas and will be confident of a win here. I do think Leeds can win but are very short at 2/5 given that they’ve lost two of their three games on the road so far.
I tipped the Giants for the wooden spoon and have seen nothing to change my mind, you could see a backlash from them though after the news surrounding Danny Brough and they may just stay inside the handicap.
Finally Salford look to follow up their impressive win over Castleford by beating Widnes on the I Pitch. The Vikings get a 6-point start on the handicap and I don’t think that will be enough.
The Red Devils have only really under-performed once this season, at Wakefield, and can justify short odds of 2/5 to win the game.
Salford may have lost both of their away games so far but were unlucky to lose on both occasions, particularly early in the season at Headingley.
Widnes are yet to win at home and may have to wait another week to register their first, the Red Devils can win this by 11-15 points.
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