Home comforts can see Trinity survive
Wakefield Trinity v London Broncos
Friday September 13, 19:45 BST
Live on Sky Sports Arena and Sky Sports Main Event
Friday sees one of the most exciting nights in the 24-year history of Super League. Neutrals will be relishing the drama but for fans of London Broncos, Wakefield Trinity, Hull Kingston Rovers and Huddersfield Giants it's squeaky-bum time, and by 10pm one of those clubs will be preparing for Championship rugby in 2020.
The winners in the televised match between Wakefield and London will be safe and it's worth backing Trinity to be the masters of their own destiny with a win on the handicap over their visitors from the Capital who will consequently be relegated barring a meltdown from either of the other two troubled sides courtesy of their -273 points difference.
A wicked run-in has seen Trinity come up against teams currently in the top five in five of their last seven games and they've often held their own, putting in another strong second-half performance when going down 23-16 at Warrington last week. They've breezed past the other relegation candidates Huddersfield and Rovers for their only two wins since round 15 and two defeats at London this season don't quite tell the full story as they've put 58 points past Danny Ward's men at a ground that has seen even the best in Super League come unstuck.
The Broncos are just a win away from pulling off the unthinkable and staying up having been 1/4 to finish with the wooden spoon at the start of the season. They were 16-14 down and heading for the Championship with just four minutes to go at Hull KR last week before captain Jay Pitts' heroics and must now defy the odds once more on their first visit in 2019 to Wakefield and a stadium where they've lost their last eleven matches stretching back to 2003.
Neither team have reported any fresh injury worries and Wakefield are set to give a second debut to centre Ryan Atkins, who started out at the club in 2006, and has been granted permission to play by Warrington Wolves, where he won two Challenge Cups in his ten years there.
Both sides have winning form in shootout rugby, with Wakefield having beaten Castleford in a relegation decider in 2006, and Bradford in the Million Pound Game in 2015, while the Broncos owe their place in Super League thanks to their heroics against Toronto Wolfpack in last year's Million Pound Game.
Brace yourselves for a momentous evening and back Trinity to stay safe with victory.
Dozy Giants can get over the line
Huddersfield Giants v Catalans Dragons
Friday September 13, 19:45 BST
Two teams who have whimpered to a finish in 2019 meet in one of the other potential relegation deciders and it could pay to side with the Giants in the hope they are on one of their going days.
The queue to back a team who are 0-68 in their last two home games shouldn't by rights be long but the fixture list looks to have worked out well for the Giants, with the calamitous Catalans Dragons rocking up at the John Smith's Stadum for their final match of the season, one that has been described as a "nightmare" by their president Bernard Guasch in a recent warts-and-all interview.
The Dragons have conceded 40+ points in their last three away games having been blown away 46-12 at Wigan last week and travel without eight first-team regulars, including captain Remi Casty.
Huddersfield have lost both matches against their French rivals this year but went down fighting 28-32 against a much-stronger Catalans side in July and have shown at times they can still be a match for anyone in Super League when it all clicks. They've seen off Hull twice and are the last side to win at Wigan and also pick up points from Salford. Take a punt on them to cover the handicap and also back Matt Frawley to score. The half-back had a huge game on his last appearance in the 22-12 win at Hull a fortnight ago and is a very-tempting 3/1 to notch another vital try.