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Rupert Wyman 18th Sep 2009 - 13:59

Saints and Wakey to take the spoils on Saturday

Saturday sees two huge Super League play-off matches as St Helens entertain the Huddersfield Giants and the Wakefield Wildcats take on the Catalans Dragons.

18:00 - St Helens v Huddersfield

First up on Saturday are the out-of-form Saints against Huddersfield. Mick Potter's side finished the regular season with two losses in a row which saw the Leeds Rhinos win the League Leader's Shield.

The sides last faced each other at Knowsley Road on 21 August when Saints narrowly won 12-10 and this was despite Huddersfield resting a whole host of players ahead of the Challenge Cup final.

The Giants had the disappointment of losing that final and since then they have won their final two matches of the regular season including a 48-16 demolition of Wigan last week.

As well as the victory at home St Helens also beat Nathan Brown's side at the Galpharm but it was Huddersfield who surprisingly came out on top in their Challenge Cup semi-final.

Saints are the 2/5 favourites to win the match and thus qualify for the final four. An away win is priced at 7/4 and the draw is a 20/1 shot.

The main handicap line gives the away side an eight-point start with both sides at 10/11 and the draw 14/1.

An away win on the handicap looks the best bet because of Saints' poor perform and Nathan Brown will be keen to make up for the disappointment of the Challenge Cup final loss at Wembley with some play-off glory.

Huddersfield will be without both Keith Mason and Scott Moore as a result of internal disciplinary action but nevertheless they should still have enough to win on the handicap. 

20:00 - Wakefield v Catalans Dragons

Catalans Dragons were the team to defeat St Helens last week and as a result they sealed their place in the play-offs for the second year running. The French side now face the in-form side in Super League - the Wakefield Wildcats.

John Kear's side have lost just three matches in Super League since the start of July and they should have enough to justify odds of 8/15 of winning this match at Belle Vue. An away win is an 11/8 shot but in my mind this looks beyond Catalans.

Wakefield were outstanding last week in beating Hull KR 24-10 and I expect them to win again and thus knock out Catalans of this year's play-offs. I also think that the home side will defy the four-point start given to the visitors and an extra bit of value at 10/11 can be had here rather than the 8/15 in the 80 minutes betting.

Whatever happens Saturday evening promises to be an exciting double header of Super League play-offs action so be sure to join us as we will have all the action covered from the first whistle to the last via out Live In-Play service.



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