Another exciting weekend of Super League action begins on Thursday night with an intriguing clash between two sides whose form has taken a very different turn this season.
Saints look to extend their lead
Huddersfield v St Helens
Thursday March 14
Sky Sports Main Event 19:30
St Helens have the only 100% record in Super League having won all of their games in the division so far this season and find themselves up against a side who only tasted success for the first time in 2019 after beating lowly Wigan last week.
But despite picking up their first points of the campaign this still looks a daunting task for the home side who will be without injured Aaron Murphy for the visit of high-flying St Helens on Thursday evening with forward Matty English added to the squad that beat champions Wigan last time out.
As for Saints coach Justin Holbrook has made just one change to the side which comfortably beat London Broncos in their last fixture with James Bentley dropping out of the squad, while Aaron Smith retains his place after a late call-up last week and Regan Grace will be making his first appearance since signing a new contract extension this week.
A win for St Helens would extend their lead over second place Castleford Tigers – who travel to Salford on Sunday – while the Giants will be looking for anything they can get as they try to lift themselves off the foot of the Super League table after a dreadful start to the season.
Warrington can inflict more misery on Wigan
Warrington v Wigan
Friday March 15
Sky Sports Arena 19:00
Warrington currently find themselves just two points behind leaders St Helens as they look to win their first title since 1955 and a win here will give Wolves fans even more reason to believe this could be their year after more heartbreak in last year’s Grand Final at Old Trafford.
Adrian Lam’s men have won four of their five games so far in 2019 with their only defeat coming against Catalans Dragons at the beginning of the month and can rely on a pretty potent attacking game which has seen them score the most points of any Super League side this season with 172.
Things have begun pretty bleakly for Wigan on the other hand, who started the season in red figures having been deducted two points before the campaign even got under way and just a single win – against Leeds in Round 2 – has done little to reduce the deficit with that victory followed by four consecutive defeats.
Hull KR and Catalans in mid-table matchup
Hull KR v Catalans
Sunday March 17
Sky Sports Arena 14:55
The final game of the weekend sees two sides meet who are both in pretty inconsistent form to say the least as Hull KR host the Catalans Dragons in what can be described as a mid-table encounter at best.
Much was expected of the Dragons after their stunning Challenge Cup final success over Warrington last year but so far this campaign they have failed to deliver with three wins and two defeats from their opening five matches and will be looking to turn things round against an opposition who have been equally unpredictable.
After a thrilling win over neighbours and fierce rivals Hull FC on the opening weekend of the season, Rovers have failed to capitalise on the optimism generated by that victory and have since stuttered drastically with their only wins since coming against London and Wakefield.
Such is the nature of the table a win for Hull KR will keep them in touch with the leading pack but defeat will see them lagging some way behind, whereas Catalans know that if they don’t pick up two points, they might be looking over their shoulders at the sides fighting for Super League survival, making this a must win encounter for both sides.
*all odds are subject to change