London to take care of Vikings
Super League XVIII returns and Castleford Tigers coach Ian Millward is back with his tips for week one.
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It's a tough week to assess with so many changes to coaching and playing staff around the league but Bradford and London look worthy of support on Sunday.
Sunday, February 3
The big problem for Wakefield is their playmaker Tim Smith is out injured and he was very influential for them last season. Their front-rower Oliver Wilkes is also out and it's an area they could struggle with this week. Bradford looked very good in a friendly against Leeds in the off-season and with home-ground advantage and given the Wildcats are missing a few, I'll take the Bulls to cover the start.
Verdict: Bradford to cover
A Scott Dureau field-goal won this fixture for the Catalans last season but he's missing on Sunday through injury and he's a massive loss for the Dragons. Catalan have a new coach in while Hull KR have plenty of new additions so there's plenty of mystery about both teams. It's not a game to be getting involved in - a watching brief is advised - but Hull KR could make the most of home advantage and nick this one.
Verdict: Hull KR
London were very strong in pre-season especially away at Catalans and Widnes will have virtually the same team as last season out on the field as their two big signings, Gareth Hock and Kevin brown, are unavailable. I think London will start sharp, will be very hard to beat at home and Craig Gower their captain will inspire them to good form like he did at the backend of last season. London can cover and we'll put them in a double with Bradford for the first bet of the season.
Verdict: London to cover
*All handicaps are those offered by Sky Bet.