There are two cracking televised Super League games this week and Phil Spink thinks St Helens can put one hand on the League Leaders' Shield again with another win...
"St Helens turned April's highly-anticipated clash with the Wolves on Merseyside into a rout with a thumping 38-12 success and won on both their visits to the Halliwell Jones last season"
Red-hot Airlie Birds can fly again in derby
Hull Kingston Rovers vs. Hull FC
Thursday June 27, 19:45 BST
Live on Sky Sports Arena
The two Hull sides clash in Thursday's mouth-watering televised derby and the free-scoring Black and Whites can continue their fine run with another victory.
Plenty of questions have been asked about Hull FC this season as they've often gone from looking like Grand Final contenders one week to also-rans the next, but Lee Radford's men are on their best run of the year and made it four wins on the spin with a stunning 50-10 victory at Catalans on Saturday. They've scored 167 points in that time, with Albert Kelly and Marc Sneyd back to their very best in the halves, while Josh Griffin continues to impress in a variety of positions.
Rovers went down 24-26 to London in a scintillating match at Ealing last week, their 13th loss from nineteen games in the league and one which leaves them bottom of the table. They were hammered 56-12 by their city rivals at the KCom Stadium on Good Friday but have kept things a lot tighter in defeat of late, their last five reversals coming by no more than tonight's handicap of eight points, while they lowered the colours of coach Tony Smith's old side Warrington 16-14 at home a fortnight ago. Hooker Matt Parcell has become the latest player to leave Leeds Rhinos for East Hull and is in line to make his debut.
This should be a closer game than the Good Friday encounter. Rovers beat their neighbours 18-16 at Craven Park in the opening round but the Black and Whites can follow up their Easter triumph and obtain local bragging rights for 2019 with victory.
Back them to win by 1 to 12 points.
Classy Saints to march on
Warrington Wolves vs. St Helens
Friday June 28, 19:45 BST
Live on Sky Sports Arena
Super League's top two meet in Friday's TV game and St Helens can put one hand on the League Leaders' shield with another victory.
The men in the Red Vee have suffered just two defeats all year and have bounced back from the second of those at London with smooth home wins over Huddersfield and Leeds, not needing to be at their best to see off the struggling Rhinos 36-10 last week.
They turned April's highly-anticipated clash with the Wolves on Merseyside into a rout with a thumping 38-12 success and won on both their visits to the Halliwell Jones last season before coming unstuck against Steve Price's side in the semi finals. Justin Holbrook makes one enforced change with Morgan Knowles in for Zeb Taia who is out with a dislocated shoulder.
Second-placed Wolves sit six points behind their opponents and got back to winning ways against Wakefield at home last week, responding superbly to an early Trinity try and keeping their opponents scoreless for 79 minutes to triumph 30-6. There is added spice to this fixture with the potential debut of former union centre Luther Burrell, capped 15 times for England and who won the Premiership and European Cup with Northampton.
This is likely to become a regular fixture in the coming months with the teams odds on to reach the Challenge Cup Final at Wembley, while it's evens St Helens and 15/8 for the Wolves to make the Grand Final in October.
Saints are asked to give up just two on the Sportsbook handicap and that looks the bet with Wire having looked flaky at times at home, losing against Hull FC and Salford. Justin Holbrook's side are usually fast out of the gates and a wager on them to score the first points through a try is also appealing.