27 Feb 2020

Round five predictions

Oli Lathrope gives his Betfred Super League round five predictions.

Hull KR v Castleford Tigers

There have been contrasting fortunes for both these teams so far. Castleford are going well after winning three of their opening four, but KR have been poor, losing three on the bounce since beating Trinity on the first weekend of the season. I think they struggle again in this one, succumbing to a Danny Richardson inspired Tigers. Castleford by 10.

Leeds Rhinos v Warrington Wolves

Always one of the most anticipated matches of the season. Despite their wins against Hull KR and Salford, I remain unconvinced about Leeds. This is a big test of their 2020 credentials. The Wolves have been inconsistent and need a performance of note. I fancy them to produce one at Emerald Headingley. Warrington win by three points.

Toronto Wolfpack v St Helens

Four losses in a row for Toronto to start their Super League journey and things do not get any easier. I thought Saints were excellent in the World Club Challenge and could have easily won on another night. This is a Toronto ‘home’ fixture being played at the Halliwell Jones Stadium, where Saints were beaten by Warrington in round two. St Helens will have more success in this one and win by 25 points. 

Hull FC v Catalans Dragons

Israel Folau’s first Super League game in the UK is sure to attract a large amount of mainstream attention. He is likely to receive a hostile reception at the KCOM Stadium on Sunday. FC have lost their last two matches, but they should return to winning ways against the French side, who notoriously travel poorly. Hull FC by eight. 

Huddersfield Giants v Wigan Warriors

There would not have been many predicting Huddersfield would be topping the Super League table at the start of the season. However, they have been superb and richly deserve all the plaudits. This is their toughest test of the season against Wigan, who produced their best performance so far against Hull FC. I think Wigan get another victory in this one. 

Salford Red Devils v Wakefield Trinity 

Neither of these two teams have enjoyed a great start to 2020, with just one win apiece. This is the Red Devils' fourth home game in a row, so they need another win from this block of fixtures. I do think they get it against Wakefield, handing Trinity their third successive away defeat. Salford by six.

By Oli Lathrope