Backing Wounded Warriors
Sky Bet's rugby league expert still expects Wigan to continue their good run at Hull.
By Jordan Fiddes - Twitter: @SkyJordanFiddes
Last Updated: 09/05/14 4:39pm
Leeds extended their lead at the top of the table with victory over Castleford, making them odds-on to win the League Leader's Shield for the first time this season.
Also slipping are Wigan - who suffered defeat to the Rhinos themselves last weekend - but will be hoping to bounce back with a win over Hull FC tonight.
It's obvious that Coach Lee Radford won't accept mediocre performances so expect to see a resurgent Airlie Bird side tonight from that which suffered a shock defeat to the Wildcats in Round 11.
The bookmakers clearly think the same as they have given both Hull FC and Wigan the same odds - 10/11 - to win the game at the KC Stadium.
In this fixture last year Wigan started the game as 1/6 - huge favourites - to win the game, which they did 28-20.
The Warriors have also won their last four away meetings against Hull FC - a stretch dating back to February 2009.
It's hard to see anything but a Wigan win here and the fact that Sky Bet start the game on 'scratch' - neither side receiving a handicap - makes them even more appealing in this weekend's Rugby League betting.
Another side who can boast a great record against their opponents this week are Wakefield.
The Wildcats head to the Select Security Stadium tonight having beaten the Vikings in their last six meetings - including three away from home.
Of course, 12 months is a long time in Rugby League and both Widnes and Wakefield have experienced a change in fortunes since they last met.
Richard Agar's men have won just three games in 2014, whereas the Vikings are riding high in fifth place with a game in hand.
The bookies have given Wakefield a 10-point start, meaning they must not lose by more than that figure if they want to beat the handicap.
However, prior to their victory over Hull FC last week, they had lost their last five games by more than 10 and have a -87 points difference overall.
Widnes, on the other hand have won their last two - including a shock win over St Helens - and have won by more than a double-figured margin on three occasions this season.
Wigan -6 and Widnes -10
"Although the Warriors are missing a few key men, they are the Champions for a reason.
"Shaun Wane's men don't lose two games in a row very often so I anticipate Hull FC to feel the full wrath of a wounded Warrior.
"The Vikings are playing very well at the moment and a lot can be attributed to confidence.
"Kevin Brown epitomises this having scored 10 tries in just nine appearances for his club."
Catalans +8 and Michael Monaghan to score
"Catalans have started to find some form at the right time and playing some really good rugby.
"Warrington are a bit inconsistent at the moment but they are always a risky team to bet against as you don't which team is going to turn up.
"An 8 point start will still be too difficult for the Wolves to catch up on though.
"Despite that, I still think Michael Monaghan will sneak over from dummy half - even in recent defeats, the hooker has had a good game."