Going in to the final month of the regular league season, it's about time these sides got their fixture backlog out of the way and caught up with the rest of the competiton. Having each been involved in tough cup quarter-finals, both Hull sides won't be too impressed about having an extra game inserted it to their schedule. But it could be an ideal time for both Salford and Wakefield to spark back in to life and begin their fight out of the bottom four.
1 - Hull Kingston Rovers to beat Salford Red Devils by a margin on 1-10pts @ 7/4
Salford have not had the season they were tipped to have this year. With the financial backing power to compete with any side in the world, their recruitment has been ruthless, signing big names for big fees on big contracts, trying to shortcut their way to success. However, a rich blend of suspensions, injuries and soap opera have had a huge impact on their campaign, and the club is currently in line to be fighting for their place in the top flight come the league split.
Hull KR, however, have been an example to the league in how to use recruitment to your advantage, no matter the budget. Salford should take note. Buying potential and hidden talents for modest amounts, Rovers built themselves an outstanding outfit, that have been a joy to watch all season. They're major concern now - some of which has already been seen to - is keeping hold of those who've impressed so much. Rovers are formidable at home, but are less prepared and rested than Salford, so the playing field is somewhat more level than it may have been otherwise.
This should be a close run thing, with Salford fired up to take advantage on their situation, but expect the good form and momentum behind Rovers to drag them over the line.
2 - Wakefield Trinity Wildcats to beat Hull FC @ 9/5
Hull didn't just try their hardest against Leeds in their cup quarter, they all left every last drop they had on the pitch in defeat. Tough conditions took their tole, tackles flew in of the aggressive variety and when matched with the disappointment of being knocked out, Hull will not have wanted this match less than a weekly later.
Wakefield, meanwhile, are slowly improving under Brian Smith, which is much needed. Still well in the midst of the longest losing streak in Super League history, there's not been an awful lot to shout about at Belle Vue this season. Much need additions to the squad have arrived in the form of Jordan Tansey, and most interestingly, former Salford marquee player and New Zealand international World Cup winning full-back Kevin Locke, who has had a difficult time in Super League since arriving, to say the least.
That fresh injection of talent and belief on the back of some better showings, when looked at in line with the age of Hull's better players and the tiredness their whole squad must be contending with, seems like a perfect storm for a Wildcats outfit greatly in need of some luck. This may well just be the perfect game for them to restart their season with.