Widnes Vikings vs Wigan Warriors
Wigan will be without numerous star names when they face Widnes tonight, just how many is still to be known for definite, but Sam Tomkins, Pat Richards and Sean O'Loughlin are amongst the regulars to miss out and it be a case of deja-vu after a depleted side were beaten in this fixture last year.
Widnes could well be missing key players too, with doubts overs the fitness of Kevin Brown, Phil Joseph and Cameron Phelps despite them being part of Dennis Betts 19-man squad. Even without them it's tough to see why this shouldn't be a scratch game given the advantage Widnes have of playing at home.
2.8615/8 about the Vikings to win outright looks too big to resist.
back Widnes to win outright at 2.8615/8
Salford City Reds vs Wakefield Wildcats
Despite having performed with real credit against top-six opposition on numerous occasions this season, Wakefield sit just a couple of points ahead of the Reds after sixteen rounds, and have a chance to join them on eleven points when they meet on Monday evening.
Even in the absence of Tim Smith, Paul Aiton, Ali Lautiti and Paul Sykes, the Wildcats pushed Wigan all the way at Belle Vue last Sunday, though they paid a price for that effort with the news that Taulima Tautai picked up a broken hand.
Aiton isn't expected to return this week, but the other trio are, and that's enough to think that Wakefield will be able to overcome a Salford side that leaked over sixty points at Warrington last week.
Brian Noble's side have been hit and miss this season and I'm still convinced that Wakefield are much better than the wooden spoon candidates the table suggests they are.
back Wakefield to win at 1.91