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Super League week 13 preview: Wigan Warriors set for another punishing battle

The dust has settled on the Challenge Cup sixth round and Super League returns this week with some cracking fixtures in week 13.

Hull KR's fixture with Wigan Warriors gets the action underway on Thursday, and there are four more matches on Friday, when Leeds Rhinos taking on champions St Helens gets star billing. 

Hull FC's trip to Salford on Sunday brings the curtain down on the round, with the Black & Whites looking to maintain their upturn in form. 

Robins to get back on track

WhatHull KR v Wigan
WhereCraven Park, Hull
When20:00, Thursday 25th May 2023
How to watchSky Sports Arena
OddsHull KR 23/20, Tie 20/1, Wigan 3/4

Hull KR were beaten by league leaders Warrington Wolves in their last Super League outings, but the Robins were on the end of some dubious decisions from the referee and were unlucky not to extend their six-match winning streak. 

Rovers hammered Batley in the Challenge Cup last week and they have a decent record in recent meetings with Wigan. 

KR have won four of their last five home matches against the Warriors who had to battle hard to see off Leeds in the cup. 

That effort in warm conditions could have taken plenty out of the legs of Wigan who are warm 3/4 favourites to win in east Hull.  

KR's last run out on home soil in the league was a 28-0 win over Huddersfield and they deserve plenty of respect this week, so backing a home win at 23/20 looks the value play. 

Saints can improve patchy away form

WhatLeeds v St Helens
WhereHeadingley Stadium, Leeds
When20:00, Friday 26th May 2023
How to watchSky Sports Arena
OddsLeeds 11/8, Tie 20/1, Wigan 8/13

St Helens eased into the Challenge Cup quarter-finals with a 26-6 win over Halifax Panthers and they may prove too strong for Leeds Rhinos, too, in Friday's mouthwatering TV offering. 

Saints' away form has been patchy this season but they have enjoyed recent trips to Headingley, where they have won their last three visits by an aggregate of 110-20. 

Leeds were involved in a gruelling cup defeat to Wigan last Saturday and they have lost three of their last four matches in all competitions. 

They should make life hard for Saints at odds of 11/8 but the away side covering a four-point handicap at 10/11 looks the best bet.  

Leopards to topple the leaders

WhatLeigh v Warrington
WhereLeigh Sports Village, Leigh
When20:00, Friday 26th May 2023
OddsLeigh 11/8, Tie 20/1, Warrington 8/13

Leigh Leopards are having a fantastic season and reached the quarter-finals of the Challenge Cup with a routine win over Wakefield Trinity last week. 

That was their fifth win on the bounce in all competitions and they will relish a shot at the league leaders this week. 

The Leopards are scoring points for fun and haven't conceded more than six points in any of their last four league matches. 

That's a great combination and they look great at 11/8 to get the better of a Warrington side who edged past Catalans in an energy-sapping cup contest last week. 

Giants fancied to tame the Tigers

WhatHuddersfield v Castleford
WhereJohn Smith's Stadium, Huddersfield
When19:45, Friday 26th May 2023
OddsHuddersfield 1/6, Tie 33/1, Castleford 4/1

These two were dumped out of the cup last week but Huddersfield are fancied to get back to winning ways this week. 

It's been a miserable season for both sides who have managed just six league wins in 23 matches between them in 2023. 

The Giants just can't get going but they have a great record against Cas at home where they have won their last three while scoring 36 points each time. 

The Tigers have lost their last four league matches, winning just twice all season. They conceded 32 points to Hull in their Challenge Cup defeat and Huddersfield should be able to cover a 14-point handicap at 10/11 this week. 

Dragons den no place for winless Trinity

WhatCatalan Dragons v Wakefield
WhereStade Gilbert Brutus, Perpignan
When18:00, Friday 26th May 2023
OddsCatalan 1/50, Tie 50/1, Wakefield 12/1

Wakefield Trinity are yet to win a match in 2023 and it is hard to see them breaking their duck in Perpignan, where even the best sides struggle. 

Wakey have scored just 77 points in 12 league matches and they have conceded a league high of 346 in the process. 

That doesn't bode well against the Dragons who have won their last 11 meetings with Wakefield and who can use the sweltering conditions in the south of France to their advantage by covering a 28-point handicap at 10/11.  

Red Devils may be too hot to handle

WhatSalford v Hull FC
WhereSalford Stadium, Salford
When15:00, Sunday 28th May 2023
OddsSalford 8/11, Tie 20/1, Hull FC 6/5

Hull FC appear to be over their alarming slump but the Black & Whites may struggle to extend their four-match unbeaten run. 

They face another in-form side in Salford, who have won five of their last six matches in all competitions. 

The latest of those was a 42-40 cup cracker against Huddersfield and it highlighted the Red Devils' never-say-die attitude on home soil. 

Hull have won only one of their last four visits to Salford and this match may be just out of their reach, too. Salford winning by one to 12 points at 19/10 looks a cracking bet. 

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