St Helens are still settling into life at Langtree Park but they will be a tough proposition for local rivals Warrington Wolves in the highly- anticipated Super League derby encounter on Monday night (St Helens 4/5, draw 18/1, Warrington Wolves Match Betting).
This is a real four-pointer near the top of the table, with Wolves currently in second place on 33 points and Saints just three points behind, as they both hunt down leaders Wigan.
The visitors Warrington (9/2 regular season winners) are starting to hit the form that made them such an exciting attacking prospect last season, with their free-flowing rugby putting both Bradford and Castleford to the sword in their last two outings.
Wolves managed to score a sum of 90 points in those games against the Bulls and the Tigers, which will certainly have got the attention of the Saints.
Warrington have received positive team news ahead of the short trip to Langtree Park, with the club’s top try-scorer this season, Ryan Atkins, returning to add extra potency to the Wolves attack.
Having scored 21 tries this season, the talented 26-year-old from Leeds will keep the Saints on their toes, along with the returning Trent Waterhouse and Mickey Higham, who missed out on that 50-22 win over Bradford at the Halliwell Jones Stadium last week.
As for St Helens, they welcome back Tony Puletua from his one-match suspension and he will slot straight back into the side, having been an absentee from the 46-12 win over the Huddersfield Giants.
Like the Wire, Saints are building some good momentum as they head towards the business end of the season and can even afford to let winger and goal-kicker Jamie Foster go on loan to Hull FC, such is their strength in depth.
St Helens have a team capable of beating anyone in the Super League on their day, with Anthony Laffranchi, James Roby and Paul Wellens all in outstanding form for the Merseyside outfit in recent outings.
Despite the two teams scoring plenty of points of late, this is likely to be a close encounter, with neither side wanting to give up ground on each other in the table.
Warrington managed to secure the League Leaders’ Shield last season and a defeat on Monday night would all but hand that title to Wigan.
Of course, the only title that really matters is winning the trophy on Grand Final day on October 6 but the Wolves (Challenge Cup 4/9 outright) will not want to let that shield go just yet and will be focused on the Super League outings before taking on Leeds Rhinos in the final of the Challenge Cup later this month.
The Wire are in fine form, scoring tries for fun, and have the likes of Atkins, Waterhouse and Higham back in their ranks so, for those reasons, they should extend their lead over the Saints.