Salford and Catalans kick off day 2 of magic weekend. The Red Devils are coming off the back of 2 heavy defeats to Saints and Wigan in Super League and were also abject in defeat at Leigh in the cup last week.
Things look to be slightly improving for the Dragons as they beat Hull FC 3 weeks ago and Whitehaven in the cup last week
Sandwiched between them was a loss at Saints, when they were at least competitive against a side who had put 60 on Salford the week before.
You can make a case for either of these 2 but the bookies make Salford marginal favourites at 8/11 with the French side around 6/5.
For all the Red Devils were poor at Leigh last week they were without influential playmaker Robert Lui, and his return could just tip the balance in their favour at SJP. They should also have the majority of the crowd behind them, in what should be an entertaining high scoring affair.
Robert Lui unsurprisingly heads man of the match betting at 6/1 and it’s hard to see past him. As for the Dragons Josh Drinkwater at 10/1 would probably be my pick.
2nd game gives Wakefield the chance to avenge last week’s cup defeat at Huddersfield.
Trinity started the season on fire, but have gone off the boil a bit in recent weeks. Form has been very mixed with defeats to Salford and Castleford sandwiched by wins over Saints and putting 50 points on Hull KR
The Giants may have won their last 2 but had heavy defeats to St Helens and Warrington before that.
On League form Wakefield look good value at 8/13 to win this and I think they can win this by more than the 4 point handicap, even with last week’s cup win in mind I’d want more than 7/5 for Huddersfield and I think Trinity can avenge last week’s cup defeat and win this by around 11-15 points.
Brough heads man of the match betting at 6/1 but I can see England man Jermaine Mcgilvary getting the award at 10/1 if the Giants win this, Tom Johnstone would be my pick in Trinity colours at 8/1.
Wrapping up the weekend is the Hull derby, which is back after Rovers year out in the Championship.
Both sides are struggling with injuries and had men sent off in cup games last week.
FC also had a man sent off in the Good Friday Derby at Craven Park but still ran out winners.
Recent form certainly favours FC, who have won 3 of their last 4, and this is shown in their odds of 1/2 to win this, with Rovers around 2/1.
For all this is a game that’s had some shock results over the years I think the black and whites can justify favouritism and win this by around 2 scores. Again it should be an entertaining affair but I think Lee Radfords side are clearly in better shape at the moment.
Ryan Shaw heads 1st try betting at 6/1 but if Rovers are to win Atkin at 8/1 would be my pick.
Houghton and Connor at 8/1 head the market for the black and whites, I’d prefer Connor as he’s catching the eye in most games at the moment.
Enjoy day 2, as always please gamble responsibly