Betfred have their early prices up for the next round of Super League games. There’s an interesting set of fixtures coming – especially given that some sides will have absentees because of England’s friendly with Samoa.
Huddersfield Giants v Castleford Tigers:
It starts off with Huddersfield entertaining Castleford on Thursday night at the John Smith’s Stadium. The Giants will be buoyed by their win at Leeds last Thursday and will hope to make it back-to-back wins, but their home form has been a problem this season, with just two of their eight points coming at home.
Castleford bounced back from back-to-back defeats by beating title rivals Wigan by 50 points on Saturday and the league leaders are rightly favourites. They’re 1/5 while the Giants are 10/3 to record back-to-back victories for the first time this season – and have been given a +14 start on the handicap at Evens. Castleford are 5/6 to cover it.
Wigan Warriors v Salford Red Devils:
Friday sees an intriguing clash between Wigan and Salford at the DW Stadium. As well as being on the end of a hammering, the Warriors have first team absentees that runs into double figures – including both of their half-backs and their captain. Yet they’re still 1/2 to beat an impressive Salford side who climbed to third at the weekend. You can get the Red Devils at 13/8 which looks a great bet and have been given a +6 start on the handicap at 10/11. One anticipates that will narrow when the squads are announced.
Warrington Wolves v St Helens
The televised game sees Warrington host St Helens. Given the unpredictable nature of both sides this season – with two points separating them in ninth and seventh respectively, the bookies find this one hard to split.
Wire are slight favourites at 5/6 with St Helens Evens – and have been given a +2 start on the handicap at 10/11 (the same for Wire to cover it). If you fancy the Saints, it’s worth taking the match bet rather than the handicap. That’s probably one worth holding back on until the squads are announced.
Catalans Dragons v Leeds Rhinos
Catalans are favourites to inflict back-to-back defeats on Leeds on Saturday evening. They’re 8/13 while the Rhinos are 13/10. This is a big test for Leeds following their defeat to Huddersfield but they have managed to bounce back following disappointment so far this season. The Dragons have also suffered home defeats to Wakefield and St Helens so far this season – while Widnes have come away with a draw. The Stade Gilbert Brutus is probably not the fortress many think.
On the handicap, Leeds have been given a +4 start at 10/11.
Leigh Centurions v Wakefield Trinity:
Saturday’s other game is between Leigh and Wakefield. It was the reverse fixture which saw Leigh’s season hit the buffers and are 11/8 to avenge that defeat. Wakefield have been tough customers for pretty much the rest of the league this season and are 4/7 to record another win. Leigh have been given a +4 start at Evens, with Wakefield a 5/6 price to cover it.
Widnes Vikings v Hull FC
Sunday sees Widnes take on second-placed Hull at the Select Security Stadium. While the Vikings may be bottom they have shown some signs of revival – and are 21/10 to record their second home win this season. They’ve been given a +8 start at Evens which could be worth backing. Hull are 5/6 to cover it and are 4/11 to win the match.
Tomorrow we’ll cover the impact of the results from the weekend on the top four, regular season and grand final market – and maybe others.