Bulls can keep it close
Ian Millward expects Bradford to push Warrington in the final Challenge Cup quarter-final.
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Warrington will win this game but Bradford's win over Wakefield last week must have given the Bulls a confidence boost. Players have returned from injury, particularly in the forwards - an area I've mentioned quite often this season. However, Warrington's last performance (they beat Leeds 24-6) was their best of the year for me. Bradford will improve and I expect them to cover. At Odsal, with home advantage in the Challenge Cup, they will be well set. They might also get a boost before the game with a decision expected about their points-deduction appeal soon. I had hoped they might be getting a slightly bigger start but I am happy to back them any way with their new troops.
There are a couple of games I like the look of in the NRL this week. Parramatta have lost their hooker, Nathan Peats, for the rest of the season and he's instrumental to their game. They are up against the North Queensland Cowboys this week. Parramatta are a very attacking team but North Queensland will be too consistent and have the best player in the world in Johnathan Thurston. A two-point start for Parramatta is not enough and I take the Cowboys, who are in good form having won four of their last five.
I'm also going to oppose South Sydney Rabbitohs against the New Zealand Warriors. Souths are backing up from a Monday game, which is always tough and it was a dour game too against St George Illawarra. The Warriors have been in good form and have a good attacking game. I think Souths are too conservative. Warriors have a six-point start and I take them to cause an upset. They can win and cover.
- Handicaps listed are with Sky Bet.