Summer Rugby has truly arrived and on a World Cup free night Thursday night Rugby should have a decent audience watching on the gogglebox.
Huddersfield entertain Hull as they look to get out of the bottom 4.
A win against Lee Radfords side will take the Giants out of the middle 8 spots with only 3 more games left until the league splits.
4 wins in a row, before last week’s poor defeat at Hull KR, has given Huddersfield a real chance of avoiding the middle 8 but you do feel they have to win this.
As for the visitors, they have been very inconsistent this year so far and if they want any chance of making the top 4 before the league splits then surely they have to win at the John Smith’s Stadium.
Away form has been costly for the black and whites so far jn 2018 but the bookies make them 8/11 favourites to win here.
With players still coming back from injury that could be a big ask and I think the 5/4 on offer for a home win looks decent value.
The Giants have gone about their business quietly over the last few weeks but have now won their last 2 at home. Magic weekend apart Hull have lost 7 of 8 games outside the city of Hull and I think Huddersfield can make it 8 from 9.
It should be a tight game though as the Giants last 2 home wins were by a margin of 10 points or less but I reckon they can get home here by around 6-10 points.
England star Jermaine Mcgilvary looks the pick at 10/1 for the 1st try, Jake Connor at 12/1 could be the man to follow in black and white.
Friday sees a crucial game between Wigan and Warrington. The Warriors are in the middle of 3 big home games and will be looking to follow up last weeks impressive win over Leeds. A win for Warrington would see them go level on points with Wigan so plenty at stake.
Shaun Wane’s side remain unbeaten at home this season and I don’t see the Wolves changing that.
Wire did knock Wigan out of the Cup last month but that was at the HJ, the cherry and whites are a different proposition at home.
Wire have won 5 of their last 6 away from the HJ but the one defeat was a big defeat to Wigan at magic and I think the Warriors can move one step closer to a top 4 spot with a win here.
Wigan have comfortably beaten the likes of Castleford, Wakefield and Leeds at home this season and whilst this should be alot closer I think they can maintain their 100% home record.
The bookies certainly agree making the hosts around 8/15 favourites to win the game with an away win around 6/4.
If you shop around you can get Wigan conceding a 4 point start at even money and that’s probably where the value lies.
Wire backers can get them receiving an 8 point start at around 3/4 but I think the Warriors can take this by around 6-10 points.
No surprise to see Liam Marshall head 1st try lists at 10/1 and it’s hard to look anywhere else.
Josh Charnley could be the one to follow in Primrose and Blue at 10/1 as he returns to the ground where he made his name.
More big games next week, as always please gamble responsibly.