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Saturday, 15 December, 2018

Back in-form Warrington for a strong finish against depleted visitors Castleford

Hull look set for comfortable win

Warrington's Ben Murdoch-Masila goes on the charge against St Helens
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Betfred Super League
Sky Sports Arena & Main Event, 7.45pm Friday

It’s a hectic Friday night in the Betfred Super League with the most attractive and important match taking place at the Halliwell Jones Stadium where third-placed Warrington take on Castleford, who sit one place and two points below them. 

The weather is sure to be much more conducive to rugby league than it was when the teams last met at a waterlogged Jungle on Easter Monday.

That afternoon the Wolves went off six-point underdogs but triumphed 18-6 in barely playable conditions. 

Warrington's victory was the fourth in a sequence that has now stretched to 12 wins in 13 games for Steve Price’s side, who go off 1-2 to pick up the two points again. 

The Wolves are asked to give up a six-point start to a Tigers team who are set to field a makeshift half-back combination of Paul McShane and Jake Trueman.

The best bet could be to back the hosts to win the second half at 4-6. They’ve done so 12 times in their last 13 outings whereas Cas have managed to post more points than their opponents after the break only five times in 16 attempts. 

And they have lost all five second stanzas they’ve played against the three teams above them in the table. 

If the Tigers slip up then Hull can leapfrog them and go fourth by beating Salford at home.

They’re 2-7 to do and are tasked with conceding ten points on the handicap which, ordinarily, would be well within their compass against a Red Devils outfit who have lost five on the trot.

The worry for Airlie Birds backers is their lengthy injury list and that they have had only five days to recover from their mentally and physically draining Ladbrokes Challenge Cup defeat at St Helens. 

Nevertheless, the handicap is low enough to encourage a wager. 

There’s no temptation to back Leeds to concede a similar start at home to Huddersfield or to support St Helens to give up a handicap in the early 20's to Hull KR.

However, there could be value in backing Saints stand-off Jonny Lomax to touch down for the fourth time in six games at odds of 9-5.

The Super League Player of the Month is in outstanding form and notched against Hull KR in March.

Warrington to win the second half
4pts 4-6 Hills
Hull -10
2pts 10-11 Coral, Ladbrokes
J Lomax to score a try
2pts 9-5 Betfair

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The best bet could be to back the hosts to win the second half at 4-6 as they’ve done so a dozen times in their last 13 outings
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