Salford to strike again at Widnes
Widnes Vikings vs Salford Red Devils
Thursday 22nd March, 19:45 GMT
Live on Sky Sports Arena
Salford visit Widnes in the first of this week's televised games and can continue their good record at the Select Security Stadium.
The Red Devils have gone a long time since their last victory away from home, but ran in nine tries in a 46-10 rout on their last visit to Cheshire a year ago for a third successive win on the artificial pitch. They arrive in fine form on the back of an impressive 24-8 success against Hull, looking none the worse for the loss of full-back Gareth O'Brien to Toronto.
Centre Derrell Olpherts is set to make his belated debut for Ian Watson's side and could be worth a bet to make his mark with a try, having scored 18 times in 24 appearances for League 1 side Newcastle Thunder last year.
Widnes, who, like their visitors, have won two of their six matches to be completed, had their game against Wakefield on Saturday abandoned in the first-half due to the snow. They've beaten an under-strength Leeds and the bottom side Catalans Dragons on home soil, but were very disappointing when Huddersfield came to town a fortnight ago, going down 16-28. With that in mind take Salford to sink the Vikings once again in the outright market.
Back Salford to beat Widnes - 6/5
Back Derrell Olpherts to score - 11/8
Parcell to deliver in game to savour
Leeds Rhinos vs Castleford Tigers
Friday 23rd March, 19:45 GMT
Live on Sky Sports Main Event
The tie of the round sees a repeat of the Grand Final at Elland Road as Leeds take on Castleford for the first time since their 24-6 win at Old Trafford. The Tigers have dominated this tie in recent years, winning eight in a row, including four last season before their capitulation in Manchester. They've had an interrupted campaign in 2018 having played just four games, but are unbeaten since their 46-6 mauling by St Helens in the opening round.
Leeds defied the odds once again when lowering the colours of St Helens on Merseyside last week, putting up a dogged defensive display and turning the screw in the final quarter with three tries in twelve minutes. Matt Parcell, the top tryscorer for the Rhinos in the league last year, finally got off the mark for the season there, and in a contest that is tricky to call in 80 minutes, he could be the value bet at 7/2 to cross the whitewash again in what should be a game to savour.
Back Matt Parcell to score - 7/2