A home draw last week against Hull FC followed on the back of a violent win over Widnes the week before. A home hammering by Huddersfield Giants on the first day of the season has also not yet been forgotten by fans.
Bradford though look resurgent under the coaching of Francis Cummins, and are trying to bring the good times back to Odsal. A good display and a convincing win over Castleford Tigers last Saturday showed that the Bulls can turn it on against teams from the lower end of the table, though Saints will be a different kind of test.
St Helens 19-man squad: Gardner, Turner, Soliola, Meli, Lomax, Roby, Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Puletua, Wilkin, Manu, Laffranchi, Flanagan, Gary Wheeler, Josh Jones, Gaskell, Makinson, Greenwood, Walmsley, Walker
Bradford Bulls 19-man squad: Kearney, Lulia, Blythe, Kear, Sammut, Scruton, L’Estrange, Manuokafoa, Whitehead, Langley, Diskin, Walker, Olbison, Foster, Addy, O’Brien, Donaldson, Murphy, Sidlow.
Prediction: This is a tough one to call, with Bradford improving under Francis Cummins. Saints are also struggling for consistent form. The Bulls will win this one by six to 10 points, and put down a real marker for the campaign.
Super League summary:
Bradford won 21 (includes wins in 1999, 2002 and 2005 play-offs)
St Helens won 25 (includes wins in 1999 and 2002 Grand Finals & 1998 play-offs)
Bradford highest score. 64-24 (H, 2004) (Widest margin. 54-8, H, 2004)
St Helens highest score. 66-4 (A, 2005) (also widest margin)