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Rupert Wyman 17th Mar 2011 - 22:31

Saints to get their season back on track

Leeds v St Helens, Saturday, 17:45, live on Sky Sports 1

This fixture is always one of the biggest in the Super League calendar and both sides will be looking for a win to kick start their seasons after indifferent starts.

Leeds gained a much needed win last weekend when they beat Salford 46-12  following two defeats to Warrington and Harlequins. They currently lie 6th in the early season table and have drifted to 6/1 to win the Grand Final.

St Helens are struggling to adapt following the retirement of Keiron Cunningham and the move to their temporary home in Widnes. They were beaten by Warrington and most recently Harlequins at the Stobart Stadium and will be hoping this away fixture will change their fortunes.

They started the season as 100/30 second favourites for the Super League title and have drifted to 5/1 following their poor start.

Leeds are 1/2 favourites to win this one, St Helens are 6/4 whilst the draw is 18/1. William Hill are expecting a close game though and give St Helens just a four point start on the handicap betting market at 10/11.

Leeds have been rocked by the news that Full back Ben Jones-Bishop will be out for up to four months with a should dislocation injury suffered against Salford last weekend.

Brent Webb was the star of the show for Leeds in that victory, winning the player of the round accolade, you can back him at odds of 12/1 to score the opening try.

Ryan Hall (Leeds) and Francis Melli (St Helens) are always big dangers for their respective teams  and we've enhanced the price on them to score as our 'Match Winner' special. Hall is 9/1 to score the first try whilst Melli is 10/1. As our Match Winner special for this match we've enhanced the price on both players to score to 15/8.

Despite losing to Harlequins, St Helens stars James Graham and James Roby were both named in the Super League team of the week for their individual performances. Roby is 20/1 to opening the scoring, Graham 25/1.

If you fancy either team to dominate the match you can get 9/4 on Leeds to win by 13 or more points, and 6/1 that St Helens win by that margin.

I do however expect a close game and would back St Helens to bounce back from the poor form and record a win at the generous looking odds of 6/4.

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