Sky Bet's Jordan Fiddes tells us where the smart money will be going on this weekend's action
By Jordan Fiddes - Twitter: @SkyJordanFiddes
Last Updated: 05/04/13 9:45am
Easter is one of the most popular weekends in the rugby league calendar and this year is no different, with some mouth-watering derbies to sink our teeth into.
Players and coaches, understandably, have a different view of the hectic schedule, so team news is key in many of the fixtures.
Once it was confirmed that Jonny Lomax would be missing for the Saints' trip to Wigan, the handicap immediately increased on the Cherry and Whites.
I still expect them to cover the 10 point handicap, however, something they have managed in all of their home games so far this season.
The Saints, on the other hand, have only covered their handicap once in five games at Langtree Park this year and have struggled against their Lancashire rivals in recent years.
St Helens have only beaten Wigan three times in their last 10 meetings, including three defeats in 2012.
The men from Langtree Park will be severely hampered by the loss of top try scorer Lomax.
Not only has he crossed the whitewash on seven occasions already this year but he's also made 27 tackle busts, the eighth best in the whole of Super League.
If that wasn't enough of a hindrance, they are also without instrumental hooker James Roby for at least two months.
He tops the charts for most carries and most runs from dummy half in Super League and his absence will prove a huge dent for the Saints' attack.
Where St Helens may be struggling to cross the whitewash, Warrington have now scored 12 tries in two games.
Aiming high on Atkins
They travel to the Stobart Stadium on Good Friday looking to repeat last year's 52-14 win against the Vikings at the famous ground.
One man who is continuing his try scoring form from last year is centre Ryan Atkins who has scored four tries in this year's campaign already, making him the top try-scoring centre in the competition.
He is even money to score anytime against Widnes on Friday, something he managed to do in all three meetings against them last year.
The popular number four scored a career high of 23 tries last term and comes into the game on Friday in good form once again.
He's scored three tries in his last four games for the Wolves and also made nearly 600 metres with ball in hand.
He's a good bet to score anytime but it might also be worth a bet for him to be the first try scorer.
View from the Sky Bet trading room...
"Understandably, the Sky Bet customers are divided in the Hull derby.
"Wigan are also popular, as are Wakefield on the +4 handicap against Castleford.
"The Wildcats have managed to beat that handicap in their last two visits to the Wish Communications Stadium so that popularity is justified."