A crucial One True Derby kicks off the Super League weekend on Thursday as Hull FC make the short trip to Craven Park.
It’s a massive game at both ends of the table as bottom-placed Rovers are desperate for the points, while their big rivals looking to put pressure on Warrington in second place.
Bookies only see this going one way with Super League sponsors making the Black and Whites 4/9 favourites to win the game with the Robins 2/1 .
You certainly can’t argue with those odds as Lee Radford’s side are currently 12 points and nine places ahead of Rovers.
Recent form also favours with the visitors who are on a run of six wins from seven in league and cup, with Tony Smith’s side on a run of four wins from seven.
To be fair there are some very close losses in there which may lead you to side with Rovers getting a 6-point start on the handicap, but FC have been putting sides to the sword recently and are unlikely to show any sympathy with their great rivals current plight.
Just one of Hull’s last six wins was by less than six points and they have scored over 130 points in their three games in June. You could argue they are currently the form side in Super League.
Lee Radford may be targeting points in these next few games ahead of managing his squad later next month, as they get near the Challenge Cup semi-final against Warrington.
You have to favour the visitors here and I think they can win this by around 11-15 points.
Tony Smith saw improvement in his side against Wigan and Warrington recently but they were poor in losing against London last week and I expect then to be still bottom of the table by 10pm on Thursday night.
They may not be embarrassed like they were in the 56-12 loss on Good Friday, but I can’t see them winning here if the Airlie Birds maintain current form.
A good alternative to the handicap could be Hull FC to be winning half-time and full-time at even money.
In form Ratu Naulago looks good at 8/1 for the first try but former Robin Albert Kelly looks the value at 6/4 to score a try anytime in the game.
As for the man of the match, it’s really a hard choice in black and white with so many players in-form. Jake Connor and Albert Kelly unsurprisingly head the market at 5/1 but maybe this could be Marc Sneyd’s turn at 6/1.
It’s hard to look past Danny McGuire to be the star man for Rovers at 10/1. So Sneyd and McGuire are my man of the match picks.
The top two clash on Friday see keep an eye out for our betting review of that game. As always please gamble responsibly.