Hull of a weekend
Sky Bet's rugby league expert Jordan Fiddes tells us where the smart money will be going this weekend.
By Jordan Fiddes - Twitter: @SkyJordanFiddes
Last Updated: 21/03/14 4:42pm
That came from the news that the St Helens playmaker will be out for up to eight weeks with a calf injury.
Instantly, his Saints teammate, James Roby, moved into 4/1 favourite with Jonny Lomax and Danny Brough just behind.
It may also have something to do with Louis McCarthy Scarsbrook's ban and Jordan Turner's injury of course.
Nevertheless, they do have a good record against the Wildcats - they've won 26 and lost just seven - and managed a resounding 26-12 victory at this week's venue last year.
The Chase effect
It's expected to be a lot tighter at Salford, however, with both teams mirroring each other's odds prior to kick off.
The Red Devils welcome Castleford to the Salford City Stadium in what is likely to be Rangi Chase's first game against his former club.
The 2012 Man of Steel has been named in the squad and has probably influenced the odds.
On form, you'd expect the high-flying Tigers to be the resounding favourites but Chase's influence is such that Salford start the game at scratch despite lying eight places down on their opponents in Super League.
Hull at home
Both Hull clubs are on home turf this weekend and both start as massive favourites in their respective games.
The struggling Bulls travel to the red and white side of the city with a massive 20-point head start and, given that they have a minus 68 point points difference going into the game, it's easy to see why.
They do welcome a few bodies back- most notably Adam Sidlow - and can take pride from beating the Robins 34-12 last season in what was one of the highlights of Francis Cummins' 2013 campaign.
Hull FC, on the other hand, have an exceptional record against their opposition this week.
Widnes are seeking their first win at the KC Stadium having lost on all six of their previous visits there.
They also lost their last three trips to the Boulevard - Hull FC's previous home ground - and haven't beaten the Black and Whites away from home since February 1996.
I'm going for the Giants in the hope it's third time lucky for me.
They look like they have really hit form now with the draw against Leeds and a resounding win against Bradford.
Grix managed to cross twice last week and looked very impressive in attack and, in a game where I think the ball will be thrown around, I expect him to score again.
Huddersfield to win by 14 and Scott Grix to score 3/1
Hull FC -16 v Widnes - The Vikings' atrocious record against Hull coupled with the injury picked up by Joe Mellor is worrying for them so I expect Lee Radford's men to start turning performances into points - 10/11