So the Magic Weekend was a pretty big success prediction-wise. Can I keep it up this week? Let’s hope so…
Wigan Warriors beat Hull KR by 4
Two teams that are both definitely in-form (they’re both on four game win-streaks in both League and Cup) which means that I’m probably going to go with home advantage here. Either way this goes, I expect it should be a tight game and probably pretty fun to watch.
Leeds Rhinos beat Castleford Tigers by 8
Although Castleford have much improved this year, they seemed to struggle against Halifax last week. They also have a win-loss-win-loss pattern going back through their last seven games, as as they won their last game the pattern dictates a loss this game. I think Leeds are forcing their way back into a semblance of form, and they should just about come out of the Jungle with the win.
Hull FC beat Warrington Wolves by 12
Both teams have pulled out of slumps recently and look to be getting their seasons back on track. The week off that Hull have been afforded by being knocked out of the Challenge Cup might prove to be a benefit here, especially after scraping wins out of the last two games. Again, a game I think could go either way.
St Helens beat Catalan Dragons by 16
Hmm. Saints thrashed the Dragons a mere week ago, and although they now have to try and do it away from home, I think it should be possible against a side who aren’t performing at the level they want to at the minute.
Huddersfield Giants beat Salford City Reds by 20
So Salford now appear to be back in a slump again, except that it’s now losing by narrow margins instead of blowouts. Huddersfield should be looking to win a home game comfortably after much greater success away this season, and I just wonder if all those narrow defeats for Salford are going to eventually take their toll…
Harlequins beat Wakefield Trinity Wildcats by 10
Quins have won their last two games but they were both away from the Stoop, so we get to see if they’re just as comfortable playing at home again. Wakey are in a minor slump of sorts right now (is the emotional toll of their early season finally getting to them?) and Quins have had a week off. Of course, having the odds stacked in their favour like this is the exact kind of game Quins usually lose…
Bradford Bulls beat Celtic Crusaders by 24
Bradford appear to have pulled out of their slump at last. Celtic Crusaders don’t give off that vibe yet, and I think the Bulls will be looking to continue their surge in momentum.