Take Zak to continue good tryscoring run
Wigan Warriors vs. Wakefield Trinity
Thursday July 18, 19:45 BST
Live on Sky Sports Arena
Wigan Warriors can bounce back to winning ways in Thursday's televised game and fantastic fullback Zak Hardaker can help them on their way with another try.
The reigning champions suffered defeat for the first time in six games when meeting the St Helens juggernaut head-on last week. They remain in the top five on points difference and could be good for a play-off place with Thursday's contest the first of five home matches left for them with seven rounds to go.
Coach Adrian Lam has really turned things around at the DW Stadium and recently agreed a deal to stay on next season. With at least seven of his first-teamers set to miss this clash there will be plenty of the young Wigan fringe players keen to make an impact.
Wakefield ran out 30-20 winners at home in the first meeting between these sides in April but have lost nine of their 12 league matches since, including a remarkable thirteenth straight defeat to Castleford last week, and sit just four points off bottom.
They get a fourteen-point start on the Sportsbook handicap but the best bet could be for Warriors fullback Zak Hardaker to continue his try streak. He's been in a rich vein of form and scored all ten of his team's points against Saints, including a try for the third game in a row. He's worth a punt at 11/10 to make it four on the bounce.
Giants can stand tall in relegation tussle
Hull Kingston Rovers vs. Huddersfield Giants
Friday July 19, 19:45 BST
Live on Sky Sports Arena
The Super League relegation battle looks set to go down right to the wire and Huddersfield Giants can add another twist in the tale with victory in East Hull.
The teams are two of three sitting on sixteen points, two above bottom-placed London Broncos and had contrasting fortunes last week. Rovers bounced back to winning ways with a deserved 32-16 victory at Leeds, Danny McGuire pulling the strings with a fantastic performance against his old side.
Their task now is to follow that up and they haven't won back-to-back league games all year. They must also do without their new hooker Matt Parcell, a tryscorer at Headingley, who looks set to miss the rest of the season with a shoulder injury after making such a good impression in three games for Tony Smith's side.
Huddersfield left it too late to peg back Catalans at the John Smith's Stadium last week, going down 32-28, but the second-half rally was commendable and their record on the road is the best of those at the wrong end of the table. A young Giants side had previously impressed with a 36-18 win at Salford and are worth backing to beat the Robins for a third time this year.