All 12 Super League sides are in regular season action this weekend – with four of them involved in Challenge Cup action.
On Thursday night, Leeds will look to go top of the table and extend Huddersfield’s winless run further as the Giants haven’t been able to win in their last nine in all competitions.
It’s of little surprise the Rhinos are 2/9 to – at the very least – take temporary lead at the top of the table, while the Giants are 5/1 to end their barren spell. Huddersfield have been given a +14 start on the handicap as a result early on. Some may back Leeds to cover that given their strong home record so far this season.
Hull are favourites to make it three wins in a row on Friday and end Warrington’s four-match winning streak. Wire have been given a +6 start and are 11/5 to win inside 80 minutes. Hull are 1/2 to back up their win over Castleford.
St Helens take on Leigh in the other Friday game. Though Saints may have lost to Widnes last week, they are 1/4 to overcome the Centurions at home. Leigh’s bubble has burst after a couple of promising results. They’ve lost their last five games in the Super League and were dumped out of the Challenge Cup by Hull KR. They are 4/1 to cause an upset here, and are given a +12 start.
Castleford v Wigan isn’t on the television – yet the result of this contest could see betting odds change somewhat in a few markets. Castleford have lost their last two but have a 100% home record and are 4/7 to continue that against the Warriors. Wigan are as long as 17/10 to lay down a marker at The Jungle and extend their winning run to four games. They have been given a +4 start on the handicap but +6 is available.
Sunday sees Salford take on Widnes. The Red Devils are 1/3 to continue their impressive start to the season, while Widnes – who have been given a +10 start (+12 is available) – are 10/3 to back up their win over St Helens. From the outset, backing Widnes on the handicap may be a good bet given Salford tend to win games by a tight scoreline at home, while the Vikings have shown signs of improvement.
Wakefield are slight favourites to overcome Catalans. Trinity are 8/11 to win which is an acknowledgement of how tricky they have been for sides to face this season. Two visiting sides have left with a win this season – they were Hull and Wigan in tight encounters. The Dragons have been given a +2 start and are available at 7/5 to win the game.
We’ll preview these games in more detail later on in the week.