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The Super League campaign hits round five this weekend with six more mouth-watering games taking place. Only one team remains unbeaten heading into this weekend and that is Huddersfield Giants, but they face their toughest test yet in Wigan. Check out this ACCA and see if you agree with our Rugby League expert?

Super League Tips: Hull Kingston Rovers vs Castleford Tigers (Thursday, 19:45 GMT)

Castleford Tigers’ Paul McShane. (Photo by Danny Lawson/PA Wire/PA Images)

Castleford Tigers come into this game on the back of an impressive derby win over Wakefield Trinity as they sit in third place on the Super League ladder, alongside Wigan Warriors and leaders Huddersfield Giants.

The Tigers have only lost one game season – that was a 36-18 defeat away against Catalans Dragons in the South of France.

They bounced back in style in round four as they ran in six tries at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle with Derrell Olpherts and James Clare both scoring twice, while Cheyse Blair and Oliver Holmes also got in on the act.

Castleford could welcome back the talented Adam Milner for this game after not featuring since their round one win over Toronto Wolfpack.

Hull KR have been everyone’s pick to finish bottom of Super League and get relegated this season.

They started the season in fine style with a 30-12 opening weekend win over Wakefield Trinity with Ben Crooks helping himself to four tries.

Since then, things have gone from bad to worse. They lost to fierce rivals Hull FC before conceding 50 points away at Leeds. They come into this game on the back of a 22-4 loss at home to Huddersfield Giants.

With Toronto’s form improving, the Robins need to start picking up wins again or they could find themselves in deep trouble. They have been handed a double blow ahead of the game against Castleford with Matt Parcell ruled out for two months with an ankle injury, while Harvey Livett is also on the sidelines with a mild concussion.

I cannot see anything other than a win for Castleford on Thursday, apart from the defeat in France they have looked impressive and I’m going for a 13 or more points win.

Super League Tips: Leeds Rhinos vs Warrington Wolves (Friday, 19:45 GMT)

Leeds Rhino’s look dejected. (Photo by Richard Sellers/PA Wire/PA Images)

Warrington Wolves were my tip to win the Super League Grand Final in 2020, but at the moment they look anything like a champion side.

There is a long way to go, but Warrington need to improve and fast if they are to be challenging for a top four place at the end of the season.

They were impressive in round one despite going down against Wigan with 12 men, they backed that showing up with a stunning performance against St Helens as they kept the champions scoreless.

The Wolves were beaten 18-8 in a scrappy defeat away at Wakefield Trinity, while they needed a late score from Ben Murdoch-Masila to beat bottom club Toronto Wolfpack in round five.

Leeds are slowly starting to hit a bit of form with three successive wins. They were outclassed and humiliated in week one when they were turned over by Hull FC at Headingley.

They had a week off in round two because of Storm Ciara, but they have since won two games in succession against Hull KR and Salford Red Devils.

They trailed 8-0 at the AJ Bell Stadium last Saturday, but they then ran in tries from Luke Gale, Luke Briscoe, Mikolaj Oledzki and Jack Walker to register a 22-8 victory.

Leeds have boosted their squad with the two-month loan signing of Joe Greenwood from Wigan Warriors, and he is expected to make his debut on Friday. Greenwood is a strong runner and is capable of backing up breaks from the halves and chip in with a few tries.

At home, we are backing Leeds to overcome a Warrington side still searching for some consistency. The Wolves will come good in the end, but they are finding it a bit tough at the minute. We are backing Leeds with the handicap on this one.

Super League Tips: Toronto Wolfpack vs St Helens (Saturday, 18:00 GMT)

Toronto Wolfpack’s Sonny Bill Williams is tackled. (Photo by Martin Rickett/PA Wire/PA Images)

I am sticking my neck on the line this weekend, but I believe Toronto Wolfpack will get their first win of the season against defending champions St Helens.

I know that sounds ridiculous, but the Wolfpack are improving with every passing week and Saints were involved in a gruelling contest last time out.

The Saints were beaten 20-12 by Sydney Roosters in the World Club Challenge last Saturday, you cannot underestimate how much that will have taken out of the champions. They will be physically and mentally drained from that game.

It will be interesting to see what kind of team head coach Kristian Woolf puts out this Saturday. Some players went into that Roosters game with knocks and niggles, they might not be risked for this game as they have some bigger and more intense matches down the line.

Toronto are getting better, believe me. They have lost all four of their Super League matches this season, but there has been improvement in every single game.

Sonny Bill Williams is a pleasure to watch, if he can get his offloads away against the Saints, then they are more than capable of scoring their first win.

The Wolfpack put in a strong performance against Warrington last Friday. They trailed 16-0 at one stage before hitting back and they were level at 22-22 after 56 minutes and they looked like they were going to push on get their first scalp.

Two penalties from Stefan Ratchford and a converted Ben Murdoch-Masila try saw Warrington eventually get the win and take their record to two wins from four.

It’s takes a brave man to bet against the Saints, but the intensity of the World Club Challenge will have taken its toll. I’m boldly backing Toronto to get their first win, because it’s always difficult to back up after such an intense game.

Super League Tips: Huddersfield Giants vs Wigan Warriors (Sunday, 15:00 GMT)

Wigan Warriors’ Thomas Leuluai. (Photo by Danny Lawson/PA Wire/PA Images)

I am predicting that no team will have an unbeaten record in Super League by the time round five has been completed.

Huddersfield Giants remain the only team in Super League that has not lost a game and they entertain Wigan Warriors on Sunday, who have only lost one.

The Giants have played one game less than Wigan, because their round two home game with Leeds Rhinos was postponed due to Storm Ciara.

Having said that, they are still unbeaten, and they come into this game on the back of a convincing 22-4 win away at Hull Kingston Rovers.

The Giants were never in any trouble against the Robins and they managed to score four tries through Louis Senior, Lee Gaskell, Paul Clough and Suaia Matagi. Aidan Sezer was again in fine form for the Giants and he managed to kick three goals.

Huddersfield have been impressive in the games they have played this season, but they will face their toughest test on Sunday when Adrian Lam brings his Warriors to town.

Wigan have lost just once this season – a narrow 16-12 defeat at Castleford Tigers – although Wigan were poor that day and could have lost by a lot more.

They have since regrouped and have made it two wins in succession against Toronto Wolfpack and Hull FC.

Winger Dom Manfredi made a try scoring return to action for the Warriors last week after being out since April with a serious knee injury. He took the place of Joe Burgess and it will be interesting to see how Lam plays this one, because he has three quality wingers – if you include Liam Marshall – vying for just two spots.

The Giants might be unbeaten, but there is something special about Wigan under Lam. The partnership between Jackson Hastings, Liam Farrell and Bevan French down the left edge is a joy to watch. We are backing Wigan with the handicap.

Super League Tips: Hull FC vs Catalans Dragons (Sunday, 15:00 GMT)

Hull FC Carlos Tuimavave holds off St Helens Joseph Paulo. (Photo by Richard Sellers/PA Wire/PA Images)

Hull FC need to get back to winning ways this weekend or they will once again feel the wrath of Lee Radford.

Head coach Radford was fuming last week after he watched his side put in a below-par performance in their defeat at Wigan.  He was that annoyed, his after-game press conference was very awkward with short replies.

That was two weeks in succession that the Black & Whites fell apart in the second half as Wigan scored three tries after the break to help them to a 26-12 success.

Hull have been struggling with injuries and suspensions this season, but Albert Kelly could return to the team this week and he could be the spark they need to end their two-game winless streak.

Catalans Dragons are notoriously bad travellers, but this season they have a very experienced squad and travel shouldn’t be a problem. They have the likes of Sam and Joel Tomkins, James Maloney and Israel Folau in their side and they are capable of going anywhere and winning – but they won’t.

Something happens on the road and until Steve McNamara fixes it, then they won’t be challenging for major honours.

It will be interesting to see if Folau plays as it will be his first game outside of France. He is still a marmite figure in the game because of his controversial comments, he knows that his first game on English soil will be a hostile one. So, It would be better to get it over and done with straight away.

Hull should be too strong for the Dragons on home soil, but it’s difficult to predict which team will turn up. The one that beat Leeds Rhinos and Hull KR, or the team that threw in the towel against St Helens and Wigan.

We think the former will turn up and we are backing Radford’s men to take this with the handicap.

Super League Tips: Salford Red Devils vs Wakefield Trinity (Sunday, 15:00 GMT)

Salford Red Devils’ Ken Sio goes over for a try. (Photo by Martin Rickett/PA Wire/PA Images)

Salford Red Devils and Wakefield Trinity go into this game on Sunday with one win each and they need to perform this weekend to kick-start their campaign.

These two teams in Salford Red Devils and Wakefield Trinity are what you call a Jekyll and Hyde side – they are both capable of picking up big wins, but they are also capable of being down-right average.

Salford, who made the Grand Final last season, are down in 10th position and have only won one game all season – that was at home against bottom club Toronto Wolfpack.

The Red Devils led 8-0 against Leeds Rhinos last weekend with tries from Niall Evalds and Tui Lolohea, but they crumbled not long after as the Rhinos ran in 22 unanswered points to claim a 22-8 success.

Salford will still be without the suspended Kevin Brown, who was banned for two matches for headbutting Huddersfield’s Jordan Turner in round three.

Wakefield have also only won one game this season, but they have played one game less than Salford. Their only win was a surprise 18-8 home triumph over Warrington Wolves.

See, they are capable of beating the big teams, but they couldn’t back it up as they went down 32-15 away at Castleford Tigers in round four.

Wakefield have been handed some bad news on the injury front with Joe Arundel ruled out for the season with an ACL knee injury, while Ryan Hampshire is out for six weeks with a fractured jaw.

Trinity do not have the biggest squad in the world, and they are already without key player Danny Brough.

We are backing Salford to be too strong for the Yorkshire side and tipping them to win this round five clash with the handicap.