Super League Tips: Home advantage makes Wigan the big bet
Wigan can keep up their unbeaten record at home according to Phil Spink in this week's Super League preview...
"This should be another cracker between two of Super League's perennial sides and home advantage for Wigan looks key"
Hull can keep up the pressure
Huddersfield Giants vs Hull FC
Thursday 5 July, 19:45 BST
Live on Sky Sports Arena
Hull FC can keep up their slender hopes of a top-four finish with victory at Huddersfield on Thursday.
The Black and Whites returned to winning ways after tough league fixtures against Warrington and Wigan with a 31-24 success over bottom-side Widnes last week, man of the moment Jake Connor, who started out with tonight's opponents, enjoying another memorable night with a fine display of kicking.
Another player who has been catching the eye for Hull is French full-back Hakim Miloudi. He was among the scorers again against Widnes, taking his tally to four from just eight appearances in all competitions this season. He's set to fill in for the injured Jamie Shaul and should be backed to strike once more.
The Giants have improved plenty under new coach Simon Woolford but took a step back when battered 37-10 at Hull KR last week, ending a run of five successive wins in Super League.
Danny Brough, taking on his former club, is one of three to return for Huddersfield. It's a massive game for them as victory will see them overhaul Leeds for a place in the top eight. Even with a number of players out though, Hull should have too much firepower, and are worth backing in the HT/FT market.
Home advantage massive for Wigan
Wigan Warriors vs Warrington Wolves
Friday 6 July, 19:45 BST
Live on Sky Sports Arena
Wigan can keep up their tremendous home record as Warrington come to town on Friday.
The Warriors made it eight wins from eight at the DW Stadium this season with one of their most dominant displays yet as they crushed Leeds Rhinos 46-8 last week, ending Brian McDermott's record-breaking-tenure with the Champions.
That was Wigan's first game at home in two months on a new pitch and they were clearly buoyed by the return having won just one of their previous five on the road.
Their last two games against Warrington could hardly have gone any different, with a 38-10 Magic Weekend victory followed a fortnight later by an embarrassing 23-0 whitewash away in the Challenge Cup.
Warrington sit two points behind their rivals in third in the table following hard-fought wins against Wakefield and Salford. They are boosted by the return of Stefan Ratchford and Chris Hill who were rested last week following their efforts in England's win in Denver. The evergreen Ben Westwood will join an illustrious group of players in making his 500th appearance.
This should be another cracker between two of Super League's perennial sides and home advantage for Wigan looks key. Back them to cover the handicap.