While the TV cameras will be at the DW Stadium and The Jungle for Good Friday’s Super League action, it’s worth looking at the other two encounters.
As mentioned earlier this week, Salford are fancied to continue their good run of form that has allowed them to climb to second in the Super League when they take on Leigh and Hull are favourites to get the better of Leeds in what promises to be in a intriguing encounter.
Salford are as short as 1/10 having won each of their last four games and in two of their last three they have managed to put some daylight between them and their opponents in Widnes and Hull – both away from home and they’re sides with contrasting ambitions.
At home the games have been tighter but they are facing a Leigh side that has yet to win on the road this season – and their promising start hit the buffers when they surrendered a 12-point half-time lead at Wakefield. Two disappointing home defeats then followed.
The Centurions are best priced 11/2 with Ladbrokes to record their first away win of the campaign, and most bookies are offering Leigh a handicap of +16 at 10/11 or Evens. Their average margin of defeat so far this season is just under 14 points. Given the two sides respective runs, Salford covering Leigh’s 16 start is the bet we like.
The KCOM Stadium hosts an intriguing battle where Hull will look to put a couple of disappointing results behind them when they face Leeds Rhinos.
Leeds have shown signs that they will be a side competing for honours again this season rather than slugging it out for Super League survival in the Middle 8’s like last term.
The Rhinos are also coming into this game on the back of a defeat, but their loss to Warrington was a closely contested affair, while Hull were mauled on their own patch by Salford. Both sides will be after a reaction and it’s clear the bookies have found the two sides a little hard to split – giving Leeds +2 start.
As a result, it may be a good reason to look at Leeds to win the game outright. All bookies are offering odds against on a Rhinos win, with Stan James going as long as 11/8 on Brian McDermott’s side emerging victorious.