Phil Spink returns with his best bets for Round 5 of Super League and fancies an in-form tryscorer to strike again at a tasty price in Friday's televised match...
"Ben Flower has crossed the whitewash in all three Super League matches he's featured in this year and is 5/2 to carry on his good run against a side who have conceded 22 tries in four games."
Wigan Warriors vs Huddersfield Giants
Friday March 8, 19:45
Live on Sky Sports Arena
Flower to bloom again for Warriors
Two out-of-form sides do battle in Friday's televised game as Wigan Warriors host Huddersfield Giants.
The reigning champions have had a disappointing start under Adrian Lam and went down 18-16 at 11/2-shots London Broncos on Sunday. That was their fourth loss in five games including the World Club Challenge and it won't be long before the natives get restless if results don't improve.
What better time then for fellow strugglers Huddersfield Giants, who haven't won in their last eight visits to Wigan, to come to town.
Simon Woolford's side prop up the table with a 0-4 record in 2019 and capitulated in the second half at home to Hull last week, going down 28-8. That was a ninth straight defeat in Super League and as their opponents on that occasion know all too well, a losing run is hard to break the longer it goes on. The Giants are still without several first-teamers, including captain Leroy Cudjoe, though the return of centre Akuila Uate will be a boost.
The Warriors achieved a big result off the pitch earlier this week when regaining two points for 2019 that they had been deducted for a salary cap breach. They welcome back three players, including Grand Final-hero Dom Manfredi and Ben Flower, with the Welsh prop crying out to be backed in the anytime scorer market. He's crossed the whitewash in all three Super League matches he's featured in this year and is 5/2 to carry on his good run against a side who have conceded 22 tries in four games.
Catalans Dragons vs Salford Red Devils
Saturday March 9, 17:00
Live on Sky Sports Action
Dragons to roar once more at home
Catalans Dragons can make it three from three in Perpignan and cover the handicap against Salford on Saturday.
The Red Devils will be delighted with their start to the season. They sit fourth in the table having taken six points from a possible ten, but, having beaten Huddersfield, London and Hull KR, they were outclassed at home by St Helens in last week's 26-4 defeat and have another stiff task on their hands now making the trip to a ground where they are without a win in seven. Ed Chamberlain and Jake Bibby, who scored eleven tries last season, could be back in Ian Watson's seventeen.
The home record of Steve McNamara's Challenge Cup-winners will be key as to whether they make the top five this year and they are two from two in France, rewarding handicap-backers who'd taken them with a start with a 23-22 victory over the previously-unbeaten Warrington last week, Sam Tomkins holding his nerve with a successful 45-metre penalty five minutes from time.
Veteran forward Greg Bird returns for the Dragons and with a lot more improvement to come they should have too much class for the visitors, who possibly find themselves in a false position in the league at this early stage of the campaign.