Early prices for Easter action and where value may be

Betfred and Sky Bet have their prices for all of the games up to Good Friday available and there is some value to be had – and a couple of differences with the three games that William Hill have priced up so far.

Fred initially priced the clash between Huddersfield and Catalans with the home side as favourites, but that appears have switched around a little. The visitors are 5/6 with Betfred while the home side are Evens. You can still get the Dragons at 10/11 with Hills.

Huddersfield have been given a +2 start with Betfred with both sides 10/11 to win with that particular start.

Widnes have been given a +10 start by Betfred for their clash with Warrington, compared to +12 with Hills. As was said in an earlier post, backing Warrington to cover 12 looked appealing, but even it’s just a slender difference, taking Warrington at -10 at 10/11 with Betfred is well worth looking at.

The story that will dominate the build up to Wigan v St Helens will be the Saints’ search for a new Head Coach after they parted company with club legend Keiron Cunningham. We’ll have a look at all things Saints later but they go into the game having won just three of their opening eight games, and are two points behind their great rivals who themselves aren’t in the best shape either.

Saints remain unfancied and are given a +6 start by Betfred and Sky Bet as opposed to +8 from William Hill. Neither side has been scoring many points in recent weeks so it could be a close contest – though a lot depends on the kind of reaction from Saints as well as who Wigan have at their disposal. While Wigan are favourites within 80 minutes, taking Saints at +8 with Hills at 10/11 could be well worth it at this stage. As mentioned previously, their outright price at 2/1 for a derby does seem pretty big.

Betfred and Sky Bet have prices up for the remaining Good Friday action in Castleford v Wakefield, Hull v Leeds and Salford v Leigh. (Edit, Bet365 and Bet Victor have also started adding their prices).

Wakefield have been going about their business pretty quietly this season and have moved up to fifth in the table, but they come up against a Castleford side that have shown they can take the game away from their opponents in such a short spell.

Castleford have been scoring points for fun at home so far this season – hitting at least 40 points in each game so far. Wakefield have been given a +20 start on the handicap and a lot will depend on the start they make to the game for their chances of success – especially given Castleford’s tendency to score a lot of points in short bursts. Trinity are 6/1 with SkyBet to cause an upset but even with their impressive results of late, one has to fancy an in-form Castleford side to cover it at 10/11.

Hull and Leeds is probably the most intriguing clash not to be televised. Both sides have had a promising start to the season but come into this on the back of defeats. Leeds lost out in an arm wrestle at Warrington while Hull were on the end of a hammering at home to Salford. Leeds have been given a +4 start on the handicap at 10/11, but they’re 11/8 to take the two points with Bet Victor which stands out as a pretty good bet.

Salford currently sit second in the Super League and take on a Leigh side whose bubble seems to have burst a little ever since they surrendered a 12-point lead at Wakefield. Since then, Leigh have suffered home defeats to Widnes and Catalans. They are given a +10 start and are 9/4 to produce an upset. One would fancy Salford to continue their good form and win pretty well by covering that handicap – again priced at 10/11 with Betfred.

Both Betfred and Sky Bet also offer alternative handicaps which are usually worth looking at following squad announcements.


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