Rugby League Betting: Preview, Predictions & Tips For Warrington vs St Helens
Warrington vs St Helens betting tips:
- St Helens To Win - 4/7 With BetVictor
- Tommy Makinson To Score A Try Anytime - Evens With Bet365
- St Helens/St Helens Double Result - 5/6 With Coral
St Helens will look to put the pressure on the top two when they travel to the Halliwell Jones Stadium on Friday night to face the Warrington Wolves in Round 26 of the Super League season.
The pair clashed just over two months ago and Saints came out with a 20-24 victory on Wire's turf that day.
A repeat of that result could see Paul Wellens' men climb to the top of the league.
The history is on the side of the visitors in this one, as St Helens have 55 victories in 73 encounters with the Wolves and betting sites do not disagree, making the Saints 4/7 favourites in to beat Warrington (9/5) in their own backyard.
With star man George Williams on the sidelines following a thigh problem, it is expected that young half-back Leon Hayes will deputise - and they are some boots to fill.
Wire also have Peter Mata'utia and Gil Dudson unavailable through hamstring injuries, so it would require a monumental performance from the hosts to upset the apple cart.
The Saints won't have it all their own way, they too are missing George Delaney and Dan Norman as a result of failed HIA's, but welcome back key asset Curtis Sironen to the fold.
Saints To Extend Their Winning Run
Paul Wellens' has reinvigorated his side following a slow start to the season, and rugby league betting sites have St Helens as 2/1 favourites to win the Super League Grand Final in October.
It would be unsurpising to see Saints pick up the coveted prize for a fifth successive season and a win at Warrington could put them in pole position ahead of the play-offs.
The Saints make the short journey to neighbours Warrington on the back of seven wins on the bounce after their agonising Challenge Cup semi-final defeat to Leigh Leopards in July - which ironically was held at the Halliwell Jones Stadium.
The visitors don't just travel with an impressive league run, they also boast victories in the last five meetings with Warrington, last tasting defeat away to Daryl Powell's men in February 2020.
A win would keep the Saints in the race for the League Leaders Shield, however, Warrington will not go down without a fight as they prepare for the play-offs themselves.
The last encounter between the two saw the sides separated by just four points at the final whistle, but with key absentees, we expect Saints to take the two points back to Merseyside.
For this reason, the 4/7 with BetVictor is too good to refuse.
Magic Makinson To Get Over The Whitewash
When it comes to try scoring, there are few as prolific as Tommy Makinson.
The England winger has 22 tries from just 19 appearances this season and with an average of 1.16 tries a game, it doesn't take a genius to work out why we believe he'll get over the white line again on Friday.
A deadly left edge comprising of Mark Percival and Makinson is enough to give any Super League side nightmares.
Makinson dotted down twice in his last outing against the Leigh Leopards and the St Helens stalwart has found himself over the whitewash in all of his last six outings.
Although Makinson missed out through injury when the sides met in June, his 20 tries in his last 11 fixtures are enough to earn our backing in this one.
Wellens tends to instruct the majority of his side's plays down the left side and it could only take one chance for Makinson to dot down yet again.
Odds of Evens with Bet365's are more than fair for the deadly finisher to bank a try, as he continues to battle it out with Tom Johnstone and Josh Charnley for the accolade of Super League's top try scorer.
St Helens To Lead From The Off
As mentioned Saints have an impressive record against the hosts, winning 75.3% of all matches between the two.
When the sides last met, St Helens took a 6-12 lead into the break before holding out for an eventual 20-24 win, which would've been more than enough for our next tip to land.
For a double result of Saints/Saints, Coral are providing odds of 11/10 and the last four head-to-heads have seen that eventuality occur.
With Warrington missing key figureheads while St Helens finally have the bulk of their squad available, we can see the visitors making a real statement in this one as the business end of the season rapidly approaches.
If Daryl Powell doesn't see his side get off to a quick start, it could be a long day for both them and the Halliwell Jones faithful.
With the aforementioned absence of talisman Williams, it could take a while for youngster Hayes to familiarise himself on the big stage.
All roads lead to a comprehensive victory for the Saints and we expect the majority of the donkey work to be done in the first half.
If the away side can post a healthy lead at the break, we can expect to see a pragmatic second period that has seen Saints win 18 of their 27 matches this season.
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