With the Olympics taking centre stage, Super League fans will have to wait until Sunday evening for their weekly fix of live action, the game between St Helens and Huddersfield at Langtree Park due to kick off at 19:45. In the mean time, read Stuart Jones' betting advice...
St Helens undoubtedly had the rub of the green down in the south of France last week, a controversial decision from the video ref to rule out a late Dragons score ensuring that the Saints are still hot on the heels of Trent Robinson's men in the race for third spot.
Regardless of whether it was a try or not, Saints were just the second team to beat the Dragons on home soil this season, and they come into this contest full of confidence.
The same cannot be said of their opponents. Huddersfield have won just one of their last ten games, a run that has seen them tumble from the top spot down into seventh, and had it not been for Bradford's six point deduction they would have been in serious danger of dropping out of the play-off places all together.
The Giants parted company with Saints-bound Nathan Brown prior to their home game against Wakefield last week, with Paul Anderson taking over earlier than anticipated, but that failed to bring about an upturn in their fortunes as they were comprehensively beaten 35-14 by the Wildcats.
The main handicap line of -20.5 points suggests St Helens are expected to win this by a similar margin, but Huddersfield aren't far off being a club in turmoil at present, and I'm not expecting them to put up that much resistance. Siding with St Helens to cover the -22.5 point handicap is the way to go.
The in-form Leeds Rhinos travel to Belle Vue to face local rivals Wakefield on the following evening and, if recent meetings between the two sides are anything to go by, then we should be in for a high-scoring affair.
Only one of the last five games between these sides finished short of the 50.5 points line set for this game and that was in March of last season when the Rhinos were missing seven regular first-team players. Incredibly, the two most recent encounters both resulted in over 80 points being scored.
Danny McGuire is forced to sit this one out after picking up a one-game suspension, but the emergence of Stevie Ward negates that loss somewhat, and it may well be Brett Delaney they miss most in this game. The Rhinos' top tackler looks set to miss out with a thumb injury and that can only be good for point's backers.
Wakefield's defence hasn't been good this season, last week's game against Huddersfield was the first time they have kept a side to less than 30 points since they played London at the beginning of June, and all things point to this being another high-scoring affair.
Back St Helens -20.5 points @ 1.9110/11
Back over 50.5 points in the Wakefield vs Leeds game @ 1.84/5