Round 8 predictions
A clean sweep of predictions in round 7 has set expectations high as we head into a new week of fixtures. The Warriors are now the only remaining unbeaten team in Betfred Super League and face the side that ended Saints perfect start last week – will we see a repeat performance from the Dragons in round 8?
Salford Red Devils v Warrington Wolves
Salford were desperately unlucky not to come away with a win against Wigan last week. They were the better side for large parts of the contest and can take some solace in how far they pushed the league leaders.
Warrington impressed against Castleford and came away as comfortable winners in round 7. They are sitting pretty in fourth place, losing just twice all season, and will be confident going into Thursday’s game.
The Red Devils have had the upper hand in recent meetings with the Wolves and will be looking for a response in front of their home fans on Thursday. Despite their position in the league, they could cause a shock.
Prediction: Red Devils by 2
Castleford Tigers v Leeds Rhinos
The Tigers were forced into several late changes prior to their round 7 defeat against Warrington. Although it’s not an excuse for that loss, the comparative lack of disruption heading into round 8 should help produce a better performance from Daryl Powell’s side.
The Rhinos weren’t great against Hull FC but stayed in the contest and threw a lot at the black and whites defence – they will be hoping to sharpen up their attack heading into this West Yorkshire derby.
Both sides will be hoping to bounce back after last weekend’s results, but I expect Cas to have too much for the Rhinos on Friday Night.
Prediction: Tigers by 10
St Helens v Hull FC
The Dragons surprised a lot of people in the South of France when they beat St Helens on Saturday. Saints suffered their first defeat of the season and looked a shadow of their usual selves. Defensively they weren't too far off the mark, but in attack they were far from perfect.
Hull FC earned a tough win away at Leeds in round 7 with their defence shining once again. There's been a real contrast in the black and whites defensive efforts this year compared to 2020. If they are to stand a chance against the champions on Friday, they will need to be at their very best again.
This should be a bruising and potentially low scoring battle – but with Saints in front of their home fans and looking to right the wrongs of last week, they will be extremely tough to beat.
Prediction: Saints by 4
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Catalans Dragons v Wigan Warriors
The Warriors find a way to win even when they aren’t at their best. Saturday’s victory against Salford is testament to that and Adrian Lam will be pleased with his sides endeavour to grind out a result.
Conversely, the Dragons looked in control for most of their game against St Helens and have the luxury of staying in France ready for round 8 – something that’s been few and far between for them this season.
The Warriors have a good record in the South of France – winning on their last 5 visits – but could fall short against a confident and in form Catalans side.
Prediction: Dragons by 1
Hull Kingston Rovers v Leigh Centurions
This will be the first time these two sides have met in a regular season Betfred Super League game. Their only other encounters in recent years have been during the leagues Super 8's competition and in the Challenge Cup.
Leigh will be desperate for a win. They are the only side yet to record a victory in 2021 and head to Hull KR off the back of 7 straight league defeats. The Robins have been inconsistent in the past month - winning 2 and losing 2 - and will be hoping to get back on track after a disappointing loss to Wakefield.
Rovers are back at home in front of their fans for the first time in over a year - something that should motivate them and see them over the line.
Prediction: Rovers by 12
Wakefield Trinity v Huddersfield Giants
As predicted, Trinity earned their first win of the season at home against Hull KR last weekend - a deserved victory for their efforts over the past few weeks. The inclusion of Jacob Miller gave Wakefield more direction in attack and helped them score more points against the Robins than in any other game this year.
The Giants are building in confidence and looked in complete control against Leigh – they’ve won 3 in a row and are getting better and better each week.
Despite Trinity’s strong home record against the Giants – they have won the last 5 – Huddersfield’s current form should make them a difficult prospect.
Prediction: Giants by 10
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