Giants to overpower Wildcats
Ian Millward previews this weekend's action in Super League and NRL with Huddersfield fancied to beat Wakefield.
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Bradford v London (+18) (1500)
Bradford have won their last three home games against London, whose form in the last three games has been their best of their season. They've certainly been more competitive and with younger players in have a more committed and enthusiastic attitude.
I think defence will be poor in this game for both teams but you have to go for Bradford because they can create tries and their form against the bottom-rated teams is good. Back them to win and cover.
Widnes (+4) v Hull KR (1500)
It's really hard to work out where Widnes are at the moment. They're hot and cold, but they are better at home at least.
Hull KR's form in the second half of the year has been reasonable and they will make the play-offs. The combination of Michael Dobson and Travis Burns makes them favourites but they may struggle without Greg Eden at full-back to score points.
I'll go for Rovers though because if their attitude is right and they stay intense they should win and cover.
Castleford v Salford (+8) (1530)
The big thing here is that it's Castelford's last home game of the season and highly rumoured to be Rangi Chase's last home game for the club. This could be the Chase show and he'll be keen to play well against a team rumoured to be signing him next year.
Chase has been nearly unstoppable in his last few games in attack and with a defence like Salford's, which leaks points, Castleford should score plenty.
The Tigers are the better team, they're at home and they've got Chase, so they really should win and cover.
Wakefield won this game at the back-end of last year and won it convincingly.
Huddersfield have no injury problems going into the game with a fully fit squad, they're at home and have a lot more to play for.
If Wakefield play to their best you'd be confident with their start but unfortunately they're out of the playoffs, they have a couple key forwards out, and you just feel Huddersfield's desire will be greater. Expect them to win and cover
When these two teams play, they have a history of producing physical, tight contests. Both are really professional outfits who lie third and fourth in the NRL.
Both are on form but home advantage for Manly and return of Brett Stewart could be key, so with the start they look a bet.
Cronulla beat the leaders, Roosters, at home last week and are at home again here.
Cowboys have won four in a row and have to win their last two to make the play-offs, whereas Cronulla are assured of a spot.
I fancy Cronulla, who have gained a lot of confidence and have a good home record against Cowboys, especially as the latter could suffer under the pressure.
Cronulla can be a windy environment and that will suit the Sharks' kicking game so they look good here.