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Saturday, 15 December, 2018

Mark Percival can add to try tally for dominant St Helens

Wolves winger Josh Charnley could also touch down

St Helens centre Mark Percival has been racking up the four-pointers this season
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The curtain comes down on the Betfred Super League regular season this weekend with the top eight teams continuing to battle for a place in October’s Grand Final and the bottom four scrapping alongside the cream of the Championship for spots in next year’s top flight.

St Helens have bossed the competition from the off and are 4-9 to collect an astonishing 21st league win of the year at home to third-placed Warrington.

The Wolves, who can leapfrog Wigan into second spot, are 5-2 for victory and it could be argued that this is much more important match for the visitors.

Saints are already certain of a place in the top-four playoffs and three more victories between now and the end of the Super 8s would clinch a top-two finish and a home tie in the semis.

That hasn’t stopped coach Justin Holbrook naming his strongest possible squad with Ben Barba, Mark Percival and Zeb Taia set to return after missing the win at Wigan.

Holbrook has resisted any temptation to rest his stars for next weekend’s Ladbrokes Challenge Cup semi-final against Catalans.

So has Warrington counterpart Steve Price, whose team face Leeds in the cup next weekend.

Price hopes to have Bryson Goodwin, Ben Westwood and Ben Murdoch-Masila available as the Wolves bid to become the first team to lower Saints' colours since Wakefield in April.

The visitors are offered between six and eight points on the handicap which looks a fair assessment and there are better bets elsewhere.

With the temperature forecast to hit 29C during the day, conditions are likely to be stamina-sapping, boosting the chances of a tryfest.

Bookmakers are yet to price up total points but any line in the mid-40s should be exceeded.

In the meantime, two anytime tryscorer wagers are suggested.

Only Ben Barba has bagged more tries this season than Saints centre Percival. The England star has 17, including a hat-trick in the win at Warrington. He has notched in 11 of his 20 league starts and looks a decent bet to touch down at 5-4.

Wolves winger Josh Charnley has scored a dozen times since his return from rugby union with eight of his 14 appearances featuring a four-pointer. He’s 6-4 to add to his try tally.

M Percival to score a try
2pts 5-4 Coral, Ladbrokes
J Charnley to score a try
2pts 6-4 Betfair

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Holbrook has resisted any temptation to rest his stars for next weekend’s Ladbrokes Challenge Cup semi-final against Catalans
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