Hull FC pulled two points clear at the top of the Super League table last weekend and the high-flying Black & Whites will fancy their chances of maintaining their lead when they host Widnes on Friday night.
Hull have won 10 of their last 11 games but the Vikings got back on the horse last time out with a first win in seven attempts and enjoyed a big 46-6 success over the table-toppers earlier in the season.
Widnes were excellent after the interval last weekend having trailed 16-4 at the break against Huddersfield. Their second-half rally saw off the Giants and Kevin Brown is capable of causing more problems for the hosts’ edgy defence.
Hull have managed to clear the handicap in each of their last four but a wiser option could be to get with the Vikings off a massive start (+16). The visitors have the quality to put points on the board and keep the scoreline competitive.
Amongst the flurry of Friday fixtures and Super League’s customary thrills and spills, Wigan make the short journey to Salford looking to enhance a wonderful record that’s seen the Warriors lose just once to the Reds in Super League history.
The Cherry & Whites are strong favourites to continue their challenge for the League Leaders’ Shield with two points and although the home side impressed against Wakefield last weekend, a fast Wigan start could put this contest to bed early.
Saying that, the most recent three duels between the two teams have been decided by less than seven points, making the handsome start Salford have been afforded on the handicap (+8) appear attractive.
The hosts do boast two very good wingers as well as decent organisers from the halves, capable enough to keep the Reds within the handicap line. Wigan will pick up a victory but punters can profit by putting faith in Salford on the spread.
Meanwhile, Castleford have blown hot and cold all campaign but the Tigers represent terrific value against a stuttering Huddersfield side and they could be another cracking bet for this weekend’s action.
The Giants have a fantastic record in this fixture and have won six of their last eight meetings. But the hosts have struggled for consistency and look vulnerable against a Cas outfit that’s won three of their past four road trips.
The Tigers look a more rounded team this season, are playing with more stability and consistency and can turn the home side over. A safer option could be to back the visitors with a four-point start on the handicap line.
Finally, the Sky Sports cameras will be at St Helens v Warrington and the Saints can be supported at handy odds with a +4 start.
Warrington are currently the best defensive outfit in Super League and have also scored the most points – this is a true reflection of a team that is very hard to crack. Although the Saints won this fixture away from home in Round 1, the value certainly lies with the Wire here.
The hosts have again lost Luke Walsh to injury andalthough Warrington will be without their big front-rower, Ashton Sims, they do welcome back other key players such as Chris Sandow.
Warrington canput another marker down – they simply boast more attacking options and should score enough points to overcome their six-point handicap hurdle.