Phil Spink sees wins for Huddersfield, St Helens and Warrington in this week's televised Super League games...
"Warrington can cover the small handicap.."
Giants to stand tall again
Huddersfield Giants vs Hull KR
Thursday 15th March, 19:45 GMT
Live on Sky Sports Arena
Huddersfield can continue their improvement with a win at home to Kull KR.
The Giants notched up a second win of the season away at Widnes last Friday, dominating the first half and holding on for a 28-16 success despite the tide going against them as the game wore on. Danny Brough rolled back the years with another tremendous display, which included 12 points from his boot, while winger Jermaine McGilvary, the star of England's World Cup campaign, crossed the whitewash for the first time this year. Back him to do so again.
Hull KR came off second best in a messy game against Catalans, going down 18-16 in France, with a late penalty against them the big talking point. They'll find other games in the coming rounds a lot more winnable, especially when the influential Shaun Lunt, who is side-lined with a knee injury following an incident with a PVC door, is back in action.
St Helens to remain unbeaten
St Helens vs Leeds Rhinos
Friday 16th March, 19:45 GMT
Live on Sky Sports Arena and Sky Sports Main Event
Friday night sees a mouth-watering clash on Merseyside as the Champions visit this season's pacesetters.
St Helens made it five wins on the spin with an excellent second-half display at a soggy Warrington last week, Mark Percival doing plenty of the damage with his second hat-trick of the season in what turned out in the end to be a pretty comfortable 30-12 victory.
Leeds had to work a lot harder in the closing stages against Hull at Headingley to hold on for a 20-16 win, with the Black and Whites also on the wrong side of some controversy having had a couple of tries disallowed in the first half. This will be one of the toughest tests the Rhinos will face all season and they remain short in the forwards department, with Mitch Garbutt joining the likes of Cuthbertson, Ferres, Ward and Sutcliffe on the sidelines this week.
Saints make just one change, with Jon Wilkin back replacing the injured Alex Walmsley. You have to go back to early 2012 to find the last time the Saints covered tonight's handicap of eight at home to Leeds in the league, and while it's hard to oppose them in their current form, a bet on the 1-12 margin at 15/8 makes more appeal.
Back St Helens to win by 1-12 - 15/8
Catalans Dragons vs Warrington Wolves
Saturday 17th March, 17:00 GMT
Live on Sky Sports Action
It's back to the South of France on Saturday night and a battle between two sides who would have hoped for better starts, both of them having lost four games. The Dragons became the last team to open their account for the season last week when edging out Hull KR. It was far from pretty and the league's lowest points' scorers still have a lot of improvement to make if they are to crack the top eight again.
Warrington were the latest victims of the Saints juggernaut at the Halliwell Jones, another poor night on the discipline front not helping matters. Sita Akauola and Bryson Goodwin could be welcome returns for their trip to France. Catalans haven't been blown away by anyone on home turf this year and should keep it respectable again, but Warrington can cover the small handicap.
Back Warrington -2 - 10/11
Back Huddersfield Giants -12 at 5/6 (Sportsbook)
Back Jermaine McGilvary first tryscorer Each Way (First 3 Tryscorers) at 13/2 (Sportsbook)
Back St Helens to win by 1-12 at 15/8 (Sportsbook)
Back Warrington -2 at 10/11 (Sportsbook)