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Craig Porter 2nd May 2009 - 10:30

Magic Weekend heads to Murrayfield

The Super League Magic roadshow swaps Millenium for Murrayfield this year as the North goes further north, crossing the border to Edinburgh.

Seven live games of rugby league across two days, every one live on Sky Sports, it's treat for rugby league betting fans and offers almost 10 hours of in-play odds on one of the toughest and most exciting sports on TV.

Last week's Super League action threw up all kings of surprises with all the top four getting beaten. It's going to be a tough call this week for our pundits on the William Hill Super League podcast.

Before heading up to Scotland to help out Sky Sports' Eddie, Stevo and Phil with all this weekend's action, Barrie McDermott and Terry O'Connor recorded the weekly podcast, giving their insight into this week's matches, how they might bet the games, who they think will win the Saturday's boxing and Terry makes an astonishing confession that he altered the course of rugby league history.

If you're heading up to Scotland download it to your mp3 player for the journey, listen to it on the William Hill Radio player or just go to our Super League betting pages where you can bet on over 30 markets on each game.

Saturday 15:00 - Salford City Reds v Harlequins RL

Salford were looking at serious injury problems earlier in the week but their chances were boosted since the podcast was recorded as Robbie Paul has been cleared to make his 400th appearance in British Rugby League.

The Harlequins showed great discipline last week in beating Leeds but it's only three weeks since Salford achieved the same result over the Champions and their improving defence (23 points conceded in last four versus 38 per game prior to that) should keep them closer than the 30 points they lost to the Londoners by earlier this year.

It's just hard to see where they might score against the Quins who, were it not for a missed obstruction call, would have shut out the Rhinos last week.

Salford (+10) - Tim
Harlequins (-10) - Barrie and Terry

Saturday 17:00 - Wakefield Trinity Wildcats v Bradford Bulls

Wakefield could have gone second in Super League last week had they not lost to Wigan and with injury concerns going to Edinburgh they are the underdogs against the "Jekyll and Hyde" side of Super League.

Bradford came back from 26-10 down at half-time to stun the Saints last week and it's only four games since they beat Leeds but losing by 38 points to fellow struggling-giant Warrington in between shows they cannot perform consistently. With the momentum behind them it's returning key players in play-maker and captain Paul Deacon and Chris Nero that could make the difference.

Wakefield (+2) - Barrie
Bradford (-2) - Terry and Tim

Saturday 19:00 - Wigan Warriors v St Helens

No-one likes playing St Helens the week after they've lost, especially when they were at the receiving end of a shock comeback in front of their own fans. It could be a long night for Wigan trying to defend against a rampant side that welcome back Matt Gidley and Tony Puletua who Barrie thinks is "shining like a fish". They are scoring over 30 points and six tries on average and Wigan are an average, albeit improving, team who are without influential hooker Mark Riddell and maybe the league's leading tryscorer, Shaun Ainscough, with the return of George Carmont from injury.

But this is the only real "derby" of the weekend and the Warriors pulled of a great surprise victory over St Helens as heavy underdogs at Murrayfield in the 2002 Challenge Cup final. It will take all the Murrayfield magic of that victory, and some more underhand assistance from Terry O'Connor (find out more in the podcast), for Wigan to find it easy here. The Warriors are however looking stronger each week, and it's been five since they lost by just seven points to their local rivals - when was the last time Saints lost two in a row?

Wigan (+10) - Tim
St Helens (-10) - Barrie and "Terry the Traitor"

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