Catalans Dragons v Leeds Rhinos preview: visitors a touch long?

Saturday evening sees Leeds Rhinos travel to the south of France to take on Catalans Dragons in what promises to be a decent game for the neutral.

Leeds have shown signs of being closer to their treble winning side of two seasons ago compared to that of last term that had to battle it out in the Middle 8’s stage of the competition, and earn their place in the top flight this term.

However, they come into this game on the back of a shock defeat at the hands of the Huddersfield Giants – who ended their 100% home record in the process. Despite that, they might fancy their chances given they have yet to lose back-to-back games this season.

Catalans come into this game having suffered back-to-back defeats away from home against Wigan and Wakefield. The Stade Gilbert Brutus hasn’t exactly been a fortress so far this season as Wakefield and St Helens have both come away with wins, and Widnes managed to get a draw.

That hasn’t stopped the Dragons being favourites for the game and are best priced 8/13 for a win. You can get Leeds at 13/8 in several places, and they have been given a +6 on the handicap.

That Leeds price looks quite appealing and they have drifted from earlier on in the week when they were 13/10 and had a +4 start. The Rhinos are without a couple of big names – notably Kallum Watkins – but they still have sufficient firepower to cause their opponents more than enough problems.

In terms of win margins, if you fancy the home side they tend to win their games within a pretty tight margin – there has been just the one exception so far this season. So you’re probably looking at a 1-5 points win or a 6-10 points win – which are 13/2 and 5/1 respectively with BetVictor.

Leeds have shown they are capable of putting a decent score on sides so 11-15 points win at 14/1 with BetVictor looks an appealing price. For a slightly tighter margin, the Rhinos by 6-10 points is available at 8/1 with Betfred.



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