Leeds Rhinos v Huddersfield Giants preview: Expect home win but by how much?

Given Leeds have the opportunity to go top of the Super League this weekend – while Huddersfield haven’t won in their last nine games in all competitions, it’s of little surprise the Rhinos are best priced 1/5 to continue their 100% home record.

Huddersfield by contrast are in desperate need of a win. After two wins from their opening three games, the only positives they’ve had are draws at Wigan and St Helens.

The ‘safest’ handicap you will get Leeds to cover at 10/11 is -14. The average margin of victory for Leeds this season is just over 17 points, while Huddersfield’s average margin of defeat is 20 points – higher than any other side in the division.

As a result, if you are feeling a little bolder on the handicap betting, it’s probably worth looking at Leeds -20 which is available at 11/8 with Betfred. It’s certainly one that appeals.

Leeds were 28-12 winners at the John Smith’s Stadium earlier on in the season, so with home advantage it wouldn’t be a surprise if they exceeded that margin of victory.

The Rhinos winning margins this season have been pretty wide ranging so you are probably better of settling for a 10-point range this season. A 21-30 point margin win for the home side is 3/1 is pretty tight, but it shows you how well fancied they are.

If you think Huddersfield will end their winless streak, you may as well just back them to win in 80 minutes and not bother with looking deeper into the market. They are available at 11/2 and that price might get longer.


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