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  • Last Updated: July 19 2012, 19:02 BST

Paul Anderson: Can make winning start as Huddersfield coach

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2pts treble St Helens (+2), Huddersfield (-14) and Sea Eagles (-4) at 5.96/1 (General).


Catalans v St Helens (+2)

This should be a cracking game. Catalans are playing very well right now and are a genuine top three team. They're forecasting a warm day too which will suit the home team.

However St Helens are coming in off the back of a week off and have won three of their last four matches. They'll relish the conditions and look the pick with a small start.

Leeds v Bradford (+14)

Leeds are in great form and will be full of confidence having beaten Wigan in the Challenge Cup semi-final. Add in the return of Brent Webb and arguably they'll be even stronger this weekend.

You're just not sure where Bradford are mentally right now. It's hard for their playing and coaching staff but at least they're fresh. I'll take the Rhinos in the hope they have the energy to take revenge for an earlier defeat at Odsal this season.

Salford v Widnes (+16)

Salford have beaten Warrington and Hull KR in their last two games and are in outstanding form. Widnes are also going well at the moment though and this could be more competitive than you'd think.

The home side have had an extra week to get used to life without Matty Smith and I'll take them to win and cover, only because Widnes have struggled on grass surfaces this season. Their home form is much more impressive.

London (+26) v Wigan

The Broncos have a new coach in Tony Rea and changes like that can often lead to an immediate upturn in form. Wigan have a little to prove right now, having conceded a lot of points against Leeds last week. They've lost two of their last three and are hardly on fire.

The Warriors still have some key players out and I have to side with London on the handicap. They'll be looking to impress their new coach.

Huddersfield v Wakfield (+14)

The Giants have also changed coach this week and Paul Anderson could make a couple of tweaks to their side which will make them stronger. They need to get back on the horse and play well here.

I expect a repsonse from Huddersfield and they can win and cover against a Wakefield side who are without Paul Aiton and he's a huge loss. The return of Luke O'Donnell is a boost for the home side too and while Dean Collis is back for Wakefield, the recent chain-of-events may mean we see a big response from Huddersfield here.

Hull KR v Hull (+4)

Hull continue to be linked with moves for players and it will be interesting to see what side they put out but Hull KR have been the more consistent of these two teams. They're in better form and I'll take them with home advantage but this game is always very difficult to call.

Sea Eagles v Bulldogs (+4)

This is a massive game, the Bulldogs have won six in a row and are top of the table. Here they face the reigning Premiers who are without a couple of key players. However I expect them to win and cover. On their own patch, with a lot to play for in the pursuit of a play-off spot, the Sea Eagles can make a real statement of intent.

Warriors v Knights (+10)

The Warriors are going really well right now but they played on a very heavy track last time and that might have taken something out of them. Newcastle had a strong win last week and with that confidence, they can cover on the road.