Huddersfield’s chances of making the Betfred Super League play-offs hang by a thread, and Hull KR will be looking to end the Giants’ post-season hopes when they meet at the John Smith’s Stadium on Friday night.
The Robins’ own play-off aspirations are very much alive and buoyed by some positive recent form, with the Rovers looking to make it three wins on the spin this week.
Huddersfield have recalled Adam O’Brien back from his loan spell with Championship side Halifax Panthers and the hooker has been named in Ian Watson’s 21-man squad.
O’Brien’s return is one of two changes to the squad that was named to face Leigh Leopards last week, with experienced winger Jermaine McGillvary back in the side after recovering from injury.
As for the visitors, Hull KR boss Willie Peters will have to do without Elliot Minchella after he failed his HIA last week, while a minor elbow injury means James Batchelor also misses out on the 21-man squad.
In more positive news, Jordan Abdull is back in the 21-man squad after three months on the sidelines due to a quad injury, while Luis Johnson returns for the trip to the John Smith’s Stadium.
Hull KR to win @ 6/5
The Robins’ chances of reaching the playoffs were not looking good after their defeats to Wigan Warriors and St Helens either side of an agonising Challenge Cup final defeat to Leigh.
However, Peters’ side have reacted well to that last defeat to Saints and have gone on to secure impressive Super League wins over Leigh and Catalans Dragons.
Having put 52 points on the board against the Leopards before dispatching the Dragons 26-18, confidence looks to be on the up in the Rovers’ camp.
Huddersfield have won just one of their last four games, which has left the Giants down in ninth place in the standings.
With their hopes of playoff rugby all but gone, Hull KR have the form and the confidence to finally put Huddersfield’s faint postseason dreams to rest.
Mikey Lewis – Anytime Tryscorer @ 5/2
Looking at the anytime tryscorer market, Mikey Lewis offers good value to get his name on the scoresheet on Friday night in West Yorkshire.
Scoring 11 tries in the Betfred Super League already this season, the 22-year-old has been catching the eye with his performances this term.
Lewis is also in a rich vein of scoring form, with four tries in Hull KR’s last three Super League games.
The playmaker looks attractively priced at 5/2 to add to his tally on Friday night and continue pushing for a potential first England call-up in the future.