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Tuesday, 22 January, 2019

St Helens can remain a fortress as Castleford visit

Take KR to stay in touch on return to top flight

James Roby of St Helens runs with the ball
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Castleford’s 23-22 extra time playoff win over St Helens was the best match of Super League XXII and bookmakers make Saints favourites to get revenge in this eagerly-awaited rematch.

Justin Holbrook’s side outscored the Tigers by five tries to three at the Jungle that night last September and won two of their other three meetings with the table-toppers in 2017.

Saints look well equipped to challenge for the sport’s major prizes this year under the captaincy of new skipper James Roby.

With a full-strength squad to choose from and an abundance of attacking talent available, they can kick off the campaign with a victory.

The visitors have never won at the Totally Wicked Stadium. Their last win on Saints soil came way back in 1992 and it’s worth backing that drought to continue.

Supporting Hull KR with a four-point start at home to Wakefield on Rovers return to Super League could also prove to be good business.

It’s a repeat of KR’s opening fixture in 2007 following their last promotion to the top flight. On that occasion they triumphed 14-9.

There’s sure to be a raucous atmosphere as KR aim to get off to an ideal start against last season’s fifth-placed finishers.

Danny McGuire notched eight times in 28 Super League games for Leeds last year which is reflected in the odds of 5-2 quoted against the Rhinos legend scoring a try.

It may prove to be a generous price and is worth a small punt.

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Salford are 11-4 to upset Wigan at the AJ Bell Stadium.

The Red Devils have had a turbulent off-season with a change of ownership and the loss of key players.

The Warriors are asked to concede an eight-point start on the handicap but will be missing big names Sean O’Loughlin, John Bateman and Joe Burgess.

It’s the kind of match which punters should be happy to sit out.

St Helens
2pts 4-5 Betway
Hull KR +4
2pts Evs Betway
D McGuire to score a try
1pt 5-2 Betfred

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With a full-strength squad to choose from and an abundance of attacking talent available, they can kick off the campaign with a victory
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