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Super League week 12 preview: Warrington's title credentials to be tested

There are some fascinating ties to look forward to in Super League in round 12, with table-toppers Warrington Wolves facing another acid test against high-flying Hull KR.

The Robins' local rivals, Hull FC, will open the round of fixtures with their trip to Wakefield Trinity, while there are four matches taking place on Friday.

Round 12 comes to a close on Saturday, as World Club champions St Helens play host to Salford Red Devils at the Totally Wicked Stadium.

Gale to punish his former club

WhatWakefield Trinity v Hull FC
WhereThe Be Well Support Stadium, Wakefield
When20:00, Thursday 11th May 2023
How to watchSky Sports Arena
OddsWakefield 11/5, Tie 22/1, Hull FC 4/11

Wakefield remain the only Super League club without a win this season, but Mark Applegarth's side face Hull FC on Thursday, who have won just four in 11.

Wakey were unfortunate to lose 32-18 last time out against Warrington, with Kevin Proctor's red card ruining any chance they had of recording an upset.

They have now scored only 71 points this season and have a points difference of -249, but the arrival of Gale from Keighley Cougars may provide the spark they need.

Gale will face his former employer on Thursday if selected, and Wakefield's display last week suggests they are not too far away from their first win, so backing the +8.5 handicap appeals at 4/5.

Leopards can pounce on stuttering Giants

WhatHuddersfield Giants v Leigh Leopards
WhereJohn Smith's Stadium, Huddersfield
When19:45, Friday 12th May 2023
OddsHuddersfield 4/11, Tie 22/1, Leigh 11/5

Just like they have been in previous years, Leigh were expected to be the division's whipping boys this season.

However, after 11 games they look comfortable playing at the highest level, and Adrian Lam's side have already won six matches.

They would need to dramatically drop off from their current levels to fall to the bottom of the table, and they should be able to extend the gap between themselves and hosts Huddersfield.

Ian Watson's side have yet to click into gear this season, and their 28-0 defeat to Hull KR will have really affected his players' confidence.

On the other hand, Leigh beat Castleford 30-6, and with Ben Nakubuwai set to return from injury, Leigh can cover the +7.5 handicap at 1/1.

Momentum with Catalans ahead of away day

WhatCastleford Tigers v Catalans Dragons
WhereMend-A-Hose Jungle, Castleford
When20:00, Friday 12th May 2023
OddsCastleford 15/8, Tie 20/1, Catalans Dragons 4/9

Steve McNamara's Catalans ended a run of three straight defeats last time out as they proved too much for reigning champions St Helens.

Their 24-12 success will have given everyone a lift while Castleford continue to struggle under new coach Andy Last.

The Tigers have lost three on the spin and will struggle to contain Catalans' creative players, even on home soil.

Catalans have lost two of their last three against Castleford, but we expect them to set the tone on Friday and cover the -6.5 handicap at 10/11.

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In-form duo meet in Warrington

WhatWarrington Wolves v Hull KR
WhereHalliwell Jones Stadium, Warrington
When20:00, Friday 12th May 2023
OddsWarrington 1/3, Tie 22/1, Hull KR 12/5

Two of the best teams in Super League meet at the Halliwell Jones Stadium on Friday as Warrington welcome Hull KR to town.

Only two points separate the two sides in the table and there should be very little to choose between them.

Hull KR outclassed Huddersfield last week without both Jordan Abdull and Jez Litten, and they may have too much for Warrington, who only outclassed Wakefield once Proctor saw red.

Hull KR offer plenty of value in the match result market, with readers able to back them at 12/5.

Smith's troops to struggle on the road

WhatWigan Warriors v Leeds Rhinos
WhereDW Stadium, Wigan
When20:00, Friday 12th May 2023
How to watchSky Sports Arena
OddsWigan 1/5, Tie 33/1, Leeds 7/2

Both Wigan and Leeds lost their previous Super League games, with the Cherry and Whites losing 14-10 to Hull FC, while Leeds were beaten 22-12 by Salford.

These two teams have injuries that are hampering their ability to create chances in the halves, and Leeds boss Rohan Smith will have to field a makeshift halfback pairing.

That should help Matty Peet's Wigan get back to winning ways, and they are 10/11 to cover the -12.5 handicap.

Returning Sironen to help Saints

WhatSt Helens v Salford Red Devils
WhereTotally Wicked Stadium
When13:00, Saturday 13th May 2023
How to watchChannel 4
OddsSt Helens 1/3, Tie 22/1, Salford 12/5

St Helens' title defence has not gone to plan, and Paul Wellens' men are seventh after winning only half of their 10 matches.

While they still have a game in hand on their rivals, Saints need to get a march on if they want to defend their league title.

A win this weekend would help them move to within two points of fifth-placed Salford.

Wellens will welcome back Curtis Sironen after resting him last week and his experience should be vital for a home win at 1/3.

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