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Nic Ladds 17th Jul 2009 - 15:37

Saints to smash Wildcats?

At 1/10 in William Hill's 80 minute betting, St Helens look a sure thing as the Wakefield Wildcats visit Knowsley Road in the latest round of the Engage Super League.

So far this season, Wakefield Wildcats have a 50% win/loss ratio in the Engage Super League and they almost got the percentage back in their favour against the Leeds Rhinos. It wasn't to be though as Rhinos' Scott Donald stormed over the line for a last minute try.

Wakefield put in a sound performance over 70 minutes of that match, but let the Rhinos back into the game in the remaining time, the Leeds side scored eight points in the last three minutes of that clash.

If the Wakefield Wildcats can put in a similar performance against St Helens, then Wakefield +18 in William Hill's handicap betting market could be the one to go with here.

The Super League's top side St Helens, have only lost four times in the twenty matches played so far this season and they're 1/10 for the home victory in tonight's 80 minute betting.

We have a number of alternative handicap markets with spreads to suit, from ‘Saints to start with -18 points' at odds of 10/11, up to Wakefield with a ‘+10 points' start, available to back at odds of 9/4 in the alternative handicap betting.

Another ‘eyebrow raiser' could be the double result (half-time/full-time) betting.

If Wakey start strong and steal a half-time lead as they did against the Rhinos, 11/2 about the Wakefield half-time/St Helens full time could make a tidy profit for those looking to have a cheeky £20 on this market.

First try scorer betting is a staple of the William Hill rugby league diet, with St Helens' Ade Gardner top of the list at odds of 9/1 to apply the downward pressure first, but will the first try in the 80 minute match be converted? Odds of 7/4 in our will the first try be converted market say the respective kicker will miss the target in that particular market.

Although the Wakefield side showed last week that they are capable of top quality rugby, stamina became an issue as Leeds stole the result and this provides punters with a possible indicator to a good betting return.

Will fans see the same late collapse in this evening's Super League tie with a possible Saints scoring spree towards the end of the 80 minute clash? That sounds like one clear reason to get involved in Hill's highest scoring half market. At 8/11 on the second half providing the most points in the match, the odds are short but if you're chasing a return and don't like the idea of risk, then get on.

William Hill's in-running service begins at 8pm when the St Helens v Wakefield match gets underway at Knowsley Road. The match is being broadcast on Sky Sports 2 so don't forget to get involved in the live action with some in-play betting.

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