Round eight of Super League sees Wigan Warriors face off against leaders Castleford Tigers at the DW Stadium while Warrington Wolves continue their search for a first win of the season when they host in-form Leeds Rhinos.
We have studied the odds ahead of the latest weekend of action and in our Super League accumulator tips, a £5 bet will return around £61 if all six recommended bets oblige.
Castleford to win at Wigan @ 21/20
This is a fixture Super League fans have been eagerly anticipating for weeks and it remains a must-watch despite Wigan’s injury problems and loss of form. Anthony Gelling and Liam Farrell are set to return to boost the Warriors but taming the free-flowing Tigers with so many players still missing is a tall order. Daryl Powell’s men average 40 points a match and even though Shaun Wane will turn the game into an arm wrestle, Castleford will have enough to make it seven wins out of eight.
Hull to beat Salford @ 9/25
It is a surprise to many that Salford are only a point and a place below Hull – albeit having played a game more – but they are good value for their top-four spot after a third of the regular season. Hull are quietly going about their business and will be determined to bounce back after blowing a big lead to draw at Warrington last time out. A Salford win would be a huge statement but expect Hull to come away with the two points on home soil.
Leigh to beat Catalans @ 67/100
Three wins from their first six games represented a positive start for Super League new boys Leigh but back-to-back defeats suggest the honeymoon period is over. All of Leigh’s victories have come in front of their own fans so a meeting at the Sports Village with the out-of-sorts Dragons provides the perfect opportunity to get back on track. Catalans do not look like top-four material and a sixth game without a win will further damage their chances of making the play-offs.
St Helens to beat Huddersfield @ 1/5
Keiron Cunningham has found himself under pressure again after an uninspiring start to 2017 by St Helens. A plus one points difference is symbolic of a season yet to come to life. Fortunately for Cunningham and Saints, this week’s visitors have the worst defensive record in the competition. The hosts simply have to take the chance to throw the ball around and entertain their supporters in a comfortable victory.
Wakefield to beat Widnes @ 3/10
A depleted Widnes side surprised many last week by running in 37 points at Leigh to earn their first win of the season. Like Salford, Wakefield are taking advantage of the struggles of the likes of Warrington and Catalans to sit comfortably in the top half of the table. It is hard to look past Trinity to make it five wins out of six.
Warrington to beat Leeds @ 67/100
Last year’s runners-up Warrington finally got off the mark in 2017 by overturning a hefty deficit to draw with Hull and it feels as if they are building towards their first win. Leeds have won four in a row since their record Super League defeat at Castleford. But after being in Warrington’s position in 2016, the Rhinos will be well aware how much confidence the Wolves will have taken from last week’s comeback. Home advantage should see Warrington break their duck.