There are two decent looking Super League games on Sunday with both of the Super League title favourites in action. Castleford will look to bounce back from their defeat to St Helens when they travel to Hull FC, while both Wigan and Catalans will look to extend their recent winning runs.
Castleford are slight favourites going into their match at the KCOM Stadium, with Hull given a +2 start on the handicap.
It’s a difficult run of fixtures for the league leaders and the next few weeks will truly test their credentials as to whether they can last the pace they have set at the start of this season – and be in the mix for the big prize in October.
Hull bounced back from two heavy home defeats at the hands of Salford and Leeds with a win at Leigh on Easter Monday.
However, given Castleford’s firepower, they would have to be considered favourites – but looking at their margin of victories this season (their closest win has been by eight points) you’d have to fancy them to cover the handicap at 10/11. It may even be worth looking at the Tigers with a slightly bigger handicap deficit. At -4 they’re Evens to cover it, but at -6 they’re 5/4. For the more bold punter the latter is worth a go.
Hull are best priced 6/5 to record a victory, while Castleford are available at 4/5.
Wigan will be aiming to make it three wins in a row when they face Catalans on Sunday at the DW Stadium. The Warriors saw a couple of their front line players return over the Easter period but there are still a number of injury problems for them to deal with – and Anthony Gelling is suspended meaning that a young back line is likely to feature for them again.
They face a Catalans side that has generated a little bit of momentum recently with three consecutive wins – culminating in a comprehensive victory over Salford on Easter Monday.
The Dragons have been given a +10 start ahead of Sunday’s game which seems pretty generous at 10/11 – though it only takes a couple of scores to cover it. There doesn’t seem to be a lot of value in the handicap market for this one other than it could be pretty close. If you think it will finish within a score then Catalans at +6.5 with Paddy Power at 5/4 could be worth a look.
However, their defeats have hardly been in tight games this season, when Catalans have been beaten they tend to have been beaten well and despite a tendency to keep matches close in the past couple of seasons, four of Wigan’s six wins this season have been by more than 10 points. They’re available at Evens with a -10.5 start with Paddy Power which if one had to is probably the price to take. Given the funny nature of both sides at times this season, it may be one to avoid.