Super League Betting Tips – April 18 and 19

Castleford Tigers vs. Wakefield Trinity
Thursday April 18, 19:45 BST
Live on Sky Sports Arena

Dozen up for Castleford

In the event that the Castleford Tigers win the Challenge Cup I'm fully expecting someone I haven't heard from in years to get in touch as the final whistle rings out at Wembley with news of their Tiger Roll/Woods/Castleford treble. Daryl Powell's side face a tough trip to the 2016 and 2017 winners Hull in Round 6 of that competition next month, but before then we can happily back them on the handicap against Wakefield on Thursday.

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Trinity have made a fine start, last week's 30-20 home-win over Wigan their sixth of the season, though it came at a huge cost, with a number of players injured and ruled out of the trip to the Mend-A-Hose Jungle. Captain Jacob Miller is among the absentees, but the biggest loss is surely that of Danny Brough, usually worth his weight in points and the one who pulls all the strings.

Castleford sit above their local rivals in third in the table courtesy of a superior points difference of two. They went down 20-18 at Huddersfield last week, their third defeat in four games, but are back on home soil and are bidding to make it a remarkable twelve wins in a row against their local rivals. In the absence of Brough and others, back them to do so and cover the handicap of ten.

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Hull FC vs. Hull Kingston Rovers
Friday April 19, 12:45 BST
Live on Sky Sports Arena

Lunt worth a punt

The pride of Hull is at stake in the first of two blockbuster derbies televised on Good Friday.

Lee Radford's black and whites sit alongside Castleford and Wakefield in the top five with six wins and secured a remarkable second Golden-Point victory of the year against Catalans last week, dynamic scrum-half Marc Sneyd, who signed a new three-year contract this week, once again doing the business with the boot. Hull's injury list is easing and they have senior forwards Scott Taylor, Masi Matongo and former KR-man Mickey Paea back.

Like their rivals, Rovers are two from two in April, and are among three clubs with eight points, sitting ninth in the table. They followed up their impressive 45-26 home win over Leeds with a scrappy 14-10 Challenge Cup victory against part-time Leigh last week, a performance which left coach Tim Sheens unhappy. You can be sure of a reply from his men now and they are going for a third straight win over their neighbours, with Jimmy Keinhorst's last-gasp heroics at Craven Park in Round 1 still fresh in the memory. Shaun Lunt and Mitch Garbutt should be back for them and former captain Lunt looks worth backing to make his mark with a try.

The hooker is getting back in the groove after recovering from bacterial meningitis and popped up with his first four-pointer of the season off the bench against St Helens last month. This is just the type of game he loves to make his presence felt in and at 11/2 he should be backed to get his name on the scoresheet.

Wigan Warriors vs. St Helens
Friday April 19, 15:00 BST
Live on Sky Sports Arena

Wigan set for long Good Friday

St Helens can maintain their two-point lead at the top of Super League with victory over fierce rivals Wigan in Friday's second televised contest.

Justin Holbrook's side were tremendous when powering past Warrington a week ago, bouncing back from their first defeat of the season against Catalans. They'll take some stopping if in the same mood and have won emphatically on the road a couple of times already this year, scoring eight tries at Castleford and seven at Huddersfield. Theo Fages should be back for them.

Wigan went down 22-12 at St Helens on the opening day of the season and things haven't got much better for the reigning Champions. They sit tenth in the table with just three wins and have been blighted by off-the-field issues, including this week's announcement that Shaun Edwards has changed his mind about becoming their new coach in 2020.

The injury news for them is better and among those set to return is captain Sean O'Loughlin, who will play in the derby for a remarkable 47th time.

Wigan used to dominate this Good Friday fixture and St Helens' 21-18 home win last year was their first since 2009. Even keeping with the time-old notion of form going out of the window in derbies though it's hard to see that victory being a one-off given the contrasting fortunes of the teams this season, and a bet on the visitors to cover the handicap looks the way to go.




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