Saints set to belittle the Giants
There will be no repeat of the sparkling semi-final that St Helens and Huddersfield fought out a fortnight ago as they meet again in Super League tonight.
St Helens were always likely to exact revenge in this fixture for the surprise defeat they suffered at the hands of Huddersfield Giants in the Challenge Cup. Mick Potter's side would have been focused on beating them and not allowed the Giants to ruin their day for the second time in two weeks.
However, with the news that Huddersfield will be taking to the field without ten of the players that got them into the Wembley final taking place next week, it could well be "no offers St Helens" from a bookmaker's point of view. But it isn't, Saints are available at 1/40 to win the match - clearly a bet the odds compilers are reluctant to lay.
This, of course, is the beauty of rugby league betting where the main match markets offered are handicaps.
The main handicap line for tonight's game gives Huddersfield a 28-point headstart. So that's 10/11 that Saints will win by more than 28, 10/11 they win by less than 28 (or lose, of course). A bet on the handicap tie at 16/1 is available for St Helens to win by exactly 28 points.
Not enough? Are the Merseysiders going to rack up a cricket score? Well there are bigger prices if you think so with St Helens (-32) at 5/4 or (-36) at 7/4.
Our resident expert Terry O'Connor is outraged in our weekly rugby league podcast. The Giants may not have their first teamers playing but they're still fielding a squad of 17 professional rugby players and thinks the start of 28 is an insult - and more importantly wrong. If you agree and think it could be closer then 11/8 can be backed giving Huddersfield a 24 point start.
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