The Sky Cameras are at the Select Security Stadium in Widnes tonight where St Helens are the visitors.
It’s been a tough season so far for the Vikings with only one win but the injury list is starting to clear, surely though it’s far too late for them to escape the middle 8. Joe Mellor returns to the Chemics line up for this one.
As for Saints, it’s been an up and down season so far but they managed a morale boosting win over Castleford on Easter Monday. Amor is available after escaping a ban for the sending off against Wigan whilst MCcarthy-Scarsbrook comes back into the side.
Super League sponsors Betfred give Widnes a 14 point start on the handicap for this and after a tough week for both sides I think they can stay inside that.
It’s often said how hard 2 games over Easter are for the players but this 3rd game in 7 days can be even tougher, bodies still haven’t recovered from 2 games in 3 days so this will be tough on both sides and that should keep it close.
For all Widnes are yet to win at home they have only been beaten twice by more than 14 points at home and Saints have only won once by more than 14 points, so plenty of reason to suggest this should be closer than the bookies think.
Saints are very short at 1/5 for a side that have only won 4 of their 10 games this season but confidence should be high after the win over the league leaders, aswell as pushing Wigan all the way with only 12 men in the Good Friday Derby.
Saints should win today but I don’t think it’ll be by more than 2 scores, Widnes have had terrible luck with injuries so far this season but the casualty list is finally clearing up and they could keep this close.
It’s 4/1 for a home win, and whilst these are decent odds surely the returning Vikings will need a game or 2 and I think the visitors can just sneak this by around 6-10 points, the 1/5 for an away win can be boosted to around 4/11 on the Half Time Full Time but there is surely better value elsewhere.
Swift and young sensation Regan Grace head 1st try lists at 7/1, Zeb Taia looks good value to me at double those odds.
Patrick Ah Van looks the best value for Widnes at 9/1, the same odds as Corey Thompson.
Don’t forget Betfred double your 1st tryscorer odds if your player goes on to score a 2nd try.
Smith and Fages head man of the match betting at 7/1, with the I Pitch not really favouring a kicking game I’d prefer Fages. Man of the moment Regan Grace is 14/1 to win the bubbly .
As for Widnes 14/1 seems fair odds for the returning Mellor, so it’s Fages and Mellor for me.
Wire host Wakefield tomorrow, click on the links to go straight to the Betfred site as always please gamble responsibly.