Shaky St Helens could be in for a wake-up call
Trinity look a tempting bet
Betfred Super League
Sky Sports Arena, 7.45pm Thursday
Only three teams have beaten St Helens in the Betfred Super League in 2018 and Wakefield will become the first side to defeat the table-toppers twice if they repeat April’s Belle Vue win over the Saints on Thursday.
Trinity are 11-8 to triumph and that looks a tempting price for a number of reasons.
Not only did Chris Chester’s team sink Saints fourth months ago, they also served it up to the Grand Final favourites at the Totally Wicked Stadium in June.
That night Wakey staged a brilliant second-half fightback to lead with 12 minutes to go before St Helens eventually scrambled home 34-30. It’s fair to say that Trinity didn’t get the rub of the green that evening and they’ll fancy their chances of springing a minor surprise this time around.
And with Wakefield’s home record why wouldn’t they?
Since the start of 2017, they’ve won 15 of their 25 league fixtures at Belle Vue and only two of the ten losses have come by more than a converted try.
Backing Trinity in receipt of the four-point handicap on offer against the league leaders would have produced 20 winning wagers in those fixtures.
Wakefield’s hopes of making the top four and the semi-finals are slim but their impressive 31-13 win at Hull six days ago shows they’re not just marking time until the curtain comes down on the season.
St Helens have suffered a wobble in the past fortnight. They were caned in the Ladbrokes Challenge semi-final by Catalans and then surprisingly lost at home to Huddersfield last time out.
Justin Holbrook’s troops have looked jaded and will be without suspended forward Luke Thompson for this tricky assignment, but whatever the outcome, plenty of tries should be on the menu.
Saints top the team try charts with Wakefield second and the top four individual try scorers are all on show. Ben Barba (4-5), Tom Johnstone (11-10), Ben Jones-Bishop (11-10) and Mark Percival (6-4) are sure to be popular with tryscorer punters.
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