Saints strong favourites for Wembley dress rehearsal

Prices have tumbled on St Helens winning Thursday’s live clash with Warrington at the HJ on Thursday with the news that the Wire are without 8 senior players .

The likes of Clark , Austin and Hughes all miss the game as they try to get fit for the clash at Wembley in 2 weeks .

It’s now around 1/4 for an away win with Saints only missing Roby from the side that beat Wakefield last week , Wire are out to around 3/1 to pull off what would now be quite a shock .

Ignoring the controversy surrounding Wire’s game in France last week , they also have a very short turnaround and it’s hard to see anything other than a Saints win but the handicap sees the league leaders conceding a 12 point start and the Wolves could stay inside that .

Given they have the Shield wrapped it’s hard to see the Red V being too fired up for this with Wembley so close and the Wire replacements may be playing for places in the Final . They can add Matty Smith to their side and he is a great organiser and will surely jump at the opportunity offered up by Steve Price .

An away win by around 6-10 is where I see this but this probably a game best left alone with much bigger ones to come .

Ratchford at 10/1 and Fages at the same odds would be my man of the match picks just ahead of Smith at 12/1 and 16/1 Luke Thompson .

Leeds host Catalans on Friday , as always please gamble responsibly .