Betfred Super League leaders St Helens have a tough month ahead – with ties against rivals Wigan and Warrington looming – and will be hoping for a strong start away at Catalans on Saturday.

Saints made hard work of maintaining their 100% record against Hull KR last week and will want to bounce back on the weekend in what is a very tough tie.

Perpignan is notoriously a tough place to go, and the Dragons will be breathing fire after their mauling at Wigan, so Justin Holbrook’s 13/8 Grand Final favourites will need to be near their very best to take the two points (Catalans 11/4, Saints 1/4, Draw 25/1).

Arguably the tie of round 9 sees the recently improving Wigan travel to Castleford on Friday. The Betfred Super League champions have been way below par this season, though shocked many beating Catalans 42-0 last week.

The Tigers also produced a shock, losing very narrowly to bottom club Leeds last time out. They’ll be desperate to bounce back and consolidate third spot but it’s very hard to separate the two here. Maybe home advantage will be telling (Castleford 8/11, Wigan 11/10, Draw 25/1).

Lowly Hull KR and bottom side Leeds Rhinos get the round underway on Thursday in what is also a very tough side to call.

Neither side have been particularly impressive this campaign and you’d expect this one will come down to very fine margins (Hull KR 11/8, Leeds 4/6, Draw 22/1).

Twenty four hours later and second placed Warrington Wolves, who are brimming with confidence after a convincing – to say the least – win at Hull FC last week, are huge favourites to dispatch London Broncos.

The latter have surprised on occasions this season but the their opponents here are surely too strong. Steve Price’s side are hot on Saints’ tail and look like they’re getting better game-by-game (Warrington 1/40, London 10/1, Draw 40/1).

Also on Friday, Wakefield, who find themselves fourth in the table after a solid run of form, take on Huddersfield Giants who are near the pack at the bottom.

It’s going to be a huge test for the visitors, with Trinity in such form and boasting the home advantage (Wakefield 4/9, Huddersfield 7/4, Draw 20/1).

Finally, Salford will want to keep in-touch with the leading pack and put some distance between themselves and their opponents on Sunday, Hull FC.

Another very competitive affair (Salford 8/11, Hull FC 11/10, Draw 20/1).

We could well see a very different looking Betfred Super League table come tea time on Sunday.

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