Hull FC maintained their fantastic form by slaying Catalans Dragons in the Challenge Cup - a 10th successive victory for Lee Radford’s charges - and they will strongly fancy their chances of picking up two points against struggling Huddersfield.
Hull bounced back from the concession of an early try to record a comfortable 22-8 win against Catalans, and the leaders can be expected to cruise past their opponents at John Smith’s Stadium on Thursday night.
Huddersfield hopes of springing a surprise will be bolstered by the return of Sam Repira from injury, while Radford’s men must make the trip without trio Gareth Ellis, Jamie Shaul and Liam Watts.
Nevertheless, the Black and Whites will be brimming with belief, having lost just one of their last 16 matches in all competitions and they can take another step towards the League Leaders’ Shield with an emphatic victory here.
Punters, therefore, are advised to snap up the tempting 1.75 quote for the visitors (-7.5) to beat the handicap and win Thursday’s tussle by at least eight points.
Two teams still hoping to topple Hull at the top of the Super League table go head-to-head on Saturday evening when Wigan Warriors make the trip to France to face Catalans Dragons.
These sides experienced contrasting fortunes in the Challenge Cup last weekend, as Catalans crashed out of the competition at the hands of Hull, while Wigan marched onto the last four to set up a semi-final showdown with Lee Radford’s side.
Wigan certainly come into this match in fine form, for Shaun Wane’s side have won each of their last six matches and they will have no fear, having beaten Catalans 12-6 in the most recent meeting between the two teams.
Four first-half tries helped Wigan to a 22-0 lead against Castleford last weekend and they will be targeting another blistering start against a Catalans side desperate to avoid a third defeat on the spin following recent reverses against Hull and Warrington.
Laurent Frayssinous’ charges are warm favourites to make a welcome return to winning ways this weekend, but Wane’s team, on current form, appear to have been vastly underrated - and overpriced - by the odds compilers.
The visitors are available at a supremely generous 1.94 afforded a 2.5 point start and Wane’s men can be backed to maintain the pressure on the league leaders with success in Saturday’s showdown.
Another side with designs on picking up the League Leaders’ Shield are Warrington Wolves, who travel to take on Hull KR on Friday night.
The Wire have been on fire, winning four of their last five matches in all competitions and Tony Smith’s team are good value to march on against Hull KR.
The Robins were on the wrong end of a 48-16 hammering against St Helens in their last Super League outings, while the hosts will be without captain Terry Campese, who is set to sit out the remainder of the campaign through injury.
There has been little to cheer for the Robins this season and there is little to suggest an upturn in fortunes is imminent.
Punters, therefore, are advised to snap up the juicy 1.98 for Smith’s side (-8) in the handicap market ahead of Friday’s fixture.