Phil Spink predicts a rare Wigan win at Leeds as he previews the televised Round 11 Super League games...
"No doubt buoyed by their tremendous fightback in France, this could be a good chance at this stage of the season for the red-hot Warriors to end their Headingley hoodoo."
Weakened Widnes set for further woe
Widnes Vikings vs Hull FC
Thursday 12th April, 19:45 BST
Live on Sky Sports Arena
Struggling Widnes have an injury crisis on their hands and look set for a tough night at the Select Security Stadium.
It's worrying times again for Denis Betts, with his Vikings having won just once in six games since turning over a depleted Leeds in Round 3, and they now have a substantial injury list themselves. Another half a dozen players, including Stefan Marsh and Danny Craven, have joined the likes of leading try-scorer Krisnan Inu and Patrick Ah Van on the sidelines on the back of last Saturday's 31-12 defeat at Hull KR.
Hull are far from at full strength also, but can welcome back a massive attacking threat in Bureta Faraimo, while Super League's top try-scorer Fetuli Talanoa is also set to start despite coming off early in Friday's 26-12 loss at St Helens. The Black and Whites had been on a good run prior to that defeat, winning three in a row, and this looks a great opportunity for them to get back on track. This has been a high-scoring clash in Cheshire in recent years, with Hull winning the last two meetings 38-0 and 33-22. Expect there to be plenty of points on the board again.
Free-scoring Wigan to end Headingley hoodoo
Leeds Rhinos vs Wigan Warriors
Friday 13th April, 19:45 BST
Live on Sky Sports Arena
Friday sees one of Super League's marquee fixtures as Leeds and Wigan meet for the first time this season. Both teams arrive in tremendous form, seeking third straight wins having lost just two games apiece.
Wigan have bounced back in fine style following their Good Friday defeat at St Helens, demolishing Hull KR and then coming from 21-0 behind to beat Catalans in an extraordinary encounter in France on Saturday. With 50 tries they are Super League's leading scorers despite having played a game less than leaders St Helens and two less than third-placed Warrington. Morgan Escare returns and the full back will be a big threat in the interchanges.
Leeds are unbeaten since their agonising 24-25 defeat to Castleford at Elland Road, nilling Salford at home and getting the better of Wakefield in their last two games. The young side continue to get the job done when the chips are down and are boosted by the return of three senior players, including brilliant forward Adam Cuthbertson.
Leeds have a tremendous recent home record against Wigan but it's a very different Headingley the Warriors visit this time, much of it remaining under extensive reconstruction with a virtually-empty South Stand and reduced capacity as a result. No doubt buoyed by their tremendous fightback in France, this could be a good chance at this stage of the season for the red-hot Warriors to end their Headingley hoodoo.