Wigan Warriors vs. Castleford Tigers
Saturday April 27, 17:15 BST
Live on Sky Sports Arena
In-form Zak to attack former club
Wigan Warriors find themselves in the lofty position of ninth in the Super League table as they play Castleford Tigers for the second time this month and it could be worth backing the in-form Zak Hardaker to do some damage against one of his old clubs in Saturday's televised game.
The reigning Champions bounced back from their Good Friday stuffing by St Helens with a 30-26 win at Salford on Monday, Hardaker grabbing a late try, his third in five matches, and then converting the kick to give Adrian Lam's side the much-needed two points. The Warriors will still be ruing a missed opportunity when they visited Castleford three weeks ago when losing 32-28 having been 20-0 up in the first half. Their injury problems are beginning to improve and centre Dan Sarginson could return.
Daryl Powell has a bad injury list to contend with himself and the loss of captain Michael Shenton after Monday's 37-16 defeat at Catalans is massive. The Tigers sit fifth in the table but pretty much like everyone else can't seem to find any consistency and have lost their last four games on the road. That said, backing Wigan to cover a handicap of eight looks fraught with danger, but siding with Hardaker to continue his good try-scoring run at 11/10 makes a lot more appeal.
Hull FC vs. Wakefield Trinity
Sunday April 28, 15:00 BST
Griffin is your guy
St Helens and Warrington are pulling clear at the top of the Super League table and the battle for the remaining three play-off places will be a gripping one. Hull FC and Wakefield Trinity are among the quartet currently sitting on fourteen points in third to sixth place and meet at the KCOM Stadium on Sunday.
Chris Chester's Trinity have the superior points-difference and bounced back from a narrow defeat at Castleford with an impressive 26-24 win over Leeds at Belle Vue on Monday despite having nine first-teamers missing. They ran out 32-12 winners at Hull in Round 6 and are looking for a fourth straight victory over the Black and Whites.
Lee Radford's side went from euphoria to despair over Easter, destroying their neighbours Hull KR with a 56-12 win on Good Friday, before running into the St Helens-juggernaut on Monday, going down 62-16.
Four of the players who featured in that famous Derby win but missed the trip to Merseyside are set to return, among them Josh Griffin, and the bruising centre looks worth backing to cross the whitewash. Like Zak Hardaker, he's another player who has been scoring plenty and comes up against one of his former sides, having spent 2011 at Belle Vue. His nine tries in his last eight games equals his tally for the whole of last season and he looks sure to get the opportunities against a leaky Trinity defence.