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A cracking Friday Night of Super League action in prospect as St Helens make their debut at their temporary home, the Halton Stadium in Widnes, by hosting Warrington Wolves.
The Saints have left Knowsley Road for a new 18,000 stadium in Peasley Cross but that won't be ready until next year so Widnes is their home for Super League XVI.
St Helens (4/9) must adapt quickly to their new surroundings if they're to get the points on Friday night, Warrington (13/8) don't have far to travel and are sure to bring a big following to cheer them on. A derby draw is priced at 18/1.
St Helens started the season by falling 16-0 down to their arch-rivals Wigan before a late fightback saw them secure an unlikely draw. That comeback will have given them a massive boost in their quest for the title this season. They are 7/2 to win the Grand Final in October, tonight's opponents Warrington are 4/1.
They followed up that Millennium Stadium draw by thrashing Salford last weekend by 56-22, there were no fewer than nine different try scorers for the Saints in that game and that shows the Saints attacking prowess.
If you fancy St Helens to win well again you can back them to win by 13 or more points at 11/5.
Warrington were seen as many people's dark horses for the Super League title at the start of the season but they got off to a disappointing start at the Millenium Magic weekend losing out to Huddersfield 28-18 in Cardiff.
They bounced back last weekend by beating Hull KR at the Halliwell Jones Stadium in a thrilling match. A try from Warrington's new Australian full-back Brett Hodgson three minutes from time gave the Wolves a dramatic victory.
Their performances however have been unconvincing and that will give St Helens hope they can keep their unbeaten record going this season and take the two points.
The handicap market makes St Helens the 6 points favourites and I think given their starts to the season that St Helens (-6) at 10/11 looks the best bet.
I think St Helens will be the team with most confidence and the 10/11 they are winning at both half-time and full-time looks too good to miss.
Crusaders have got off to a promising start to the Super League XVI season and go into this match as favourites to beat their more famous opponents, Bradford Bulls.
Crusaders are 4/5 to get the win at the Racecourse Ground, Bradford are Even money whilst the draw is an 18/1 shot.
The Welsh side got their campaign off to a great start at the Millennium Magic weekend by beating Salford by 42-12 before travelling to London to face Harlequins. They lost out by two points in that one but the battling display will give their followers confidence that a decent season may lie ahead.
The quality of their performances to date is underlined by the prices for this one, they are seen as two points favourites on the handicap market, something that would have been unthinkable just a couple of years ago in this fixture.
Michael Witt was the hero at the Millennium Stadium was Michael Witt who scored a hat-trick. If you fancy the Crusaders to win well again you can back them at 3/1 to win by thirteen points or more.
Whilst the Crusaders performance will have given the optimism for the season ahead Bradford fans will be worried about what lies ahead. They threw away a big lead against Leeds in week one before being thrashed at Odsal by Wigan last weekend.
Bradford are now seen as big outsiders to win the Grand Final at 28/1, the Crusaders will have more realistic ambitions of making the top 8 and the play-offs, they're seen as 125/1 shots to win the title.
Both teams have been involved in some high scoring games this season and I would expect fireworks again in this one.
With home advantage I think The Crusaders will take this one and I would go for them on the handicap market. That means they must win by three or more points at odds of 10/11. For the more ambitious Crusaders backer you can back them on one of the alternative handicap markets, they are 9/4 to win by eleven or more points and that one should also go close.
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