St Helens vs. Salford Red Devils
Friday May 17, 19:45 BST
Live on Sky Sports Arena
Back fantastic Lomax to strike again
Forgive me if you've read this before here but there doesn't seem to be any stopping St Helens in Super League. Justin Holbrook's side top the table with 26 points, 4 back to Warrington and a whopping 10 back to the three sides that fill the play-off places. They had to battle for last week's 22-16 success at Huddersfield in the Challenge Cup but that was their sixth win in a row on the back of their only defeat of the year so far at Catalans in Round 9.
Captain James Roby is absent for Saints, who beat the Red Devils 26-4 in Round 4, but they welcome back James Bentley and the hugely-exciting Jack Welsby.
Salford haven't won at St Helens since 1980, a losing run going back 34 games, but they've more then held their own in Super League this season and five of their seven wins have come on their travels. They are well capable of staying within the handicap of sixteen but a better wager is backing the fantastic Jonny Lomax to cross the whitewash once more for the hosts. He's thrived in his testimonial season, scoring in eight of his twelve appearances in Super League. At odds-against he's crying out to be backed to add to his tally.
Catalans Dragons vs. Wigan Warriors
Saturday May 18, 15:30 BST
Live on Sky Sports Arena
History will be made on Saturday as Barcelona's famous Nou Camp plays host to it's first rugby league match, with reigning Super League champions Wigan Warriors taking on Catalans Dragons, and the Challenge Cup-holders, who are based just 132 miles away from the iconic stadium, should give the passionate locals plenty to cheer about with victory.
A crowd close to 30,000 is expected and the Dragons can be expected to shine on the big stage. They've beaten the pace-setters St Helens and Warrington in France this season and sit joint-fourth in Super League after an impressive 37-6 win at Hull in Round 14. Sam Tomkins is absent with back problems after their 62-6 Challenge Cup win over Doncaster last week but Steve McNamara can recall Greg Bird and winger Lewis Tierney, who has scored in two of his last three appearances.
Wigan slaughtered the Dragons 42-0 at home in March and have pulled themselves away from the relegation battle in the meantime with three more wins. They went down 26-24 at Warrington in an epic Challenge Cup encounter on Sunday, producing arguably their best performance of the year, but you have to wonder how much that will have taken out of them and they've won just twice on the road in 2019, in both cases on visits to Salford. Former Catalans player Morgan Escare should be back in Adrian Lam's seventeen.
There is plenty on the line but back the Dragons to fire in this landmark game and cover the handicap.