Super League Round 9 Predictions & Tips

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Super League returns this week following last weekend's Challenge Cup semi-finals, and there are four matches taking place with one on Thursday, two on Friday and one on Saturday. Get's best bets from a selection of round 9 encounters.

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Super League Round 9 Predictions & Tips: Castleford Tigers v Hull FC (Thursday, 19:45 BST)

Hull FC will be looking to bounce back from their Challenge Cup disappointment when they return to Super League action against Castleford Tigers at the Mend-a-Hose Jungle on Thursday evening. The Black & Whites were dumped out of the cup against St Helens, while they also lost centre Josh Griffin after he ruptured his Achilles tendon. Griffin suffered the injury and then released the ball before he was tackled which allowed Theo Fages to score for the Saints, a lot of people thought Fages should not have taken advantage, but you have to play to the whistle and Fages was well in his right to pick up the loose ball and score. Castleford will still be on cloud nine after they beat Warrington Wolves to reach the Challenge Cup Final. They will probably still be celebrating, but they will be without Niall Evalds, Jake Truman, Cheyse Blair, Daniel Smith and Gareth O’Brien. With those five missing it gives Danny Richardson, George Griffin, Lewis Bienek, Lewis Peachey and Brad Graham the chance to stake a real claim for a regular first-team spot. That win for Castleford will have taken a lot out of them emotionally and physically, and I expect Hull to be on their game and get back to winning ways.

Super League Round 9 Predictions & Tips: Hull Kingston Rovers v Salford Red Devils (Friday, 19:45 BST)

Hull Kingston Rovers have won four of their last six games in Super League and they will fancy their chances against a Salford Red Devils side who have lost four games in succession. The Robins are in sixth position with four wins from eight, while the Red Devils are second from bottom with just one win all season. Hull KR welcome back George King from a recent hip problem, while Ryan Hall will be looking to add to the 10 tries he has already scored this season. Salford will be without Kallum Watkins after the centre was ruled out for three months with a knee injury, while Krisnan Inu has been suspended by the club for comments he made on social media. Salford were impressive in a recent 17-16 defeat against Wigan Warriors, but they were outclassed in every department a week later when they lost 62-18 against Warrington Wolves. The Red Devils just look out-of-sorts without Kevin Brown – who is still out injured – and I cannot see where their next win is coming from. I am backing the Robins to make it back-to-back victories with a convincing win over the Red Devils.

Super League Round 9 Predictions & Tips: Leigh Centurions v Catalans Dragons (Saturday, 15:00 BST)

Leigh Centurions are still searching for their first win since returning to Super League, but unfortunately, I cannot see that happening this weekend against Catalans Dragons. The Centurions have lost all eight of their games this season and still have caretaker coach Kurt Haggerty in charge after sacking John Duffy. The Dragons are going well this season and are currently second on the league ladder thanks to seven wins and just one defeat, and they come into this game on the back of a stunning performance that saw them hammer Wigan Warriors 48-0. The Centurions welcome back Matty Russell, Nathan Mason and Nathaniel Peteru from injury, while Ben Reynolds returns from suspension. The Dragons are without suspended Joel Tomkins after he was banned for punching Wigan’s Zak Hardaker, while Fouad Yaha, Paul Seguier, Lambert Belmas and Jason Baitieri are all named in the travelling squad. The Dragons could be the real deal this season, and I feel they will score tries for fun at the Leigh Sports Village and inflict another hammering on the Centurions.

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