Day 2 of the Super League Magic Weekend promises to be a very profitable day for Generalites everywhere.
I promised you 3 things yesterday; points, controversy and entertainment and I don’t think the teams let us down did they?
Betting wise it wasn’t great admittedly with only 1 of my bets coming good but with a bit of luck I think we could have had a couple of more successes. But never mind there’s always today.
I don’t think these 3 Sunday games will be as close as Saturday’s ones.
I believe that the gulf between the sides competing today is greater and don’t expect the matches to be as competitive. Saturday’s games had sides much more evenly placed on the league table and the results reflected how much in the balance all the games were.
That doesn’t mean that we can’t bet and win, it just means that we have to change our plan of attack.
I’m going to suggest we do the Winning Margins today and am really confident that we can end Super League Magic Weekend on a high and with a bank full of profit.
The Genralites out there will know that I have no qualms in having multiple bets on the outcome of a single event, as bets are value driven and if there is value to be had then we need to be involved.
So let’s press on and take a closer look at the Super League games for Sunday 18th May.
Castleford v Wakefield: Castleford have been the surprise package of Super League and keep on confounding the critics by hanging on to the coat tails of the top 2. They are a well drilled outfit with no little class. They have replaced Rangi Chase with Marc Sneyd and are all the better for doing so. Sneyd embodies all that is good about the ethics of this traditional heartland club and they are enjoying their days in the sun. On the face of it, Cas have lost their last 2 and Wakefield have won their last 2 so maybe we should go with form and back Wakefield. However, Castleford played two of the toughest sides in the league Huddersfield and Leeds whilst Wakey played Hull and Widnes, 2 mid table sides, so I think we shall stick with the class act. Wakefield always try hard and are capable of pulling off a shock or two during the season but this should be Castleford’s day and I’m taking Castleford to win by between 20 and 30 points.
Huddersfield v Bradford:” Beware the wounded animal” is a phrase often used in sport for when a side has just been defeated and they are looking to bounce back. Sometimes that may be applicable but in this case, I believe this animal is toothless and will be stomped on by the Giants. Let’s take a look at the predicament Bradford Bulls find themselves in. They are broke, they are in the bottom 2 and heading for relegation as they are 8 points adrift from safety and crowds are at a Super League low. This club is in freefall and you can sense it out on the field. In recent weeks, Wigan have posted 80+ past them and St. Helens nilled them whilst posting 50. Gone is the pride and passion. Gone is Bullmania. And pretty soon gone from Super League will be the Bradford Bulls. The Giants of Huddersfield are just coming into some form and have a good nucleus of players to choose from. They will have England internationals Cudjoe and Ferres in tandem for the first time in months and with Danny Brough pulling the strings, they will win this comfortably. I’m expecting Huddersfield to win by between 30 and 40 points.
St. Helens v Warrington: The final match of Magic Weekend sees a fierce local rivalry that used to be dominated by St. Helens. Indeed if this was a match at the Halliwell Jones Stadium, where Warrington play, then you could put your mortgage on a St. Helens victory such is the hoodoo they hold over their rivals there. However it isn’t! Last season Warrington ran away with this fixture and used it as a starting point on a march to a debut (albeit unsuccessful) Grand Final appearance. This season is a different story for them though as they have hitherto failed to come to terms with the retirement of Lee Briers. The talismanic half back is proving more difficult to replace than they imagined and Tony Smith is looking at all options available to move this side around the field. They will need a better kicking game than they have shown in recent times today. They can welcome back lucky charm Be Westwood though and he is a pivotal player in their forwards. St. Helens are now settling with the Luke Walsh/Lance Hohaia combination at half and they are both top notch performers who can create opportunities for their team and ally this threat to an excellent kicking game. Recently Saints have suffered with the loss of big Kyle Amor but last week they looked a more cohesive team. The memory of Warrington legend Adrian Morley scoring a long range try will be be fresh in the memory of the Saints and should be enough to spur them on. I’m taking St. Helens to win by 20 to 30 points.
Betting Advice for Super League Magic Weekend Matches Sunday 18th May:
Castleford to win by 21- 25 points at 9s with bet365
Castleford to win by 26 – 30 points at 11s with bet365
Huddersfield to win by 31 – 35 points at 12s with William Hill
Huddersfield to win by 36 – 40 points at 16s with William Hill
St. Helens to win by 21 – 25 points at 14s with William Hill
St. Helens to win by 26 – 30 points at 20s with William Hill