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Craig Porter 11th Jul 2009 - 13:38

Potter's promise of improvement make Saints his favourites

Mick Potter's St Helens are at Warrington's Halliwell Jones Stadium in tonight's live game and he's confident of an improved performance.

“I’d back the players to bounce back,” he said. There you have it straight from the horse's mouth. That just leaves me with needing to tell you that the 80 minutes price on a St Helens win is 8/11, or 10/11 with a -2 handicap.

“Our players are confident in their ability," he continued. "We let ourselves down a little bit last weekend. They’re hard on themselves and they understand they need to fix up a couple of things.”

A quick look at how St Helens have recovered from their defeats and you start to question that bouncebackability.

Their first defeat of the season to Hull KR was followed up with a no-try, four-nil win over the Celtic Crusaders.

Having lost to struggling Bradford they got spanked by Wigan the week after and scraped a two-point win over the Dragons after that.

So how can we expect them to recover from their defeat to Salford last week and what was, in Potter's opinion, their worst performance in six months?

The fact that they won the four games prior to that by an average of 30 points (available at 28/1 in the Winning Margins market tonight) suggests they are in better form than last week's blip suggests.

But it's Warrington that are being billed as the form side. With their six wins in the last seven they have certainly settled down under Tony Smith but they face too tough a challenge against St Helens, despite them missing the influential Sean Long and Keiron Cunningham.

Brian Carney will make his debut for Warrington and is 12/1 to score the first try tonight but Lee Briers will be the man responsible for Warrington's result tonight. The former Saints player has not beaten his old team in the Super League for eight long years.

He will inspire the Wire from the off but ultimately St Helens will come through. Back the Double Result Warrington-St Helens at 11/2. Incidentally, both of last night's winning teams were down at half-time.

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