The final match of Magic Weekend 2017 is a big one. Castleford will be looking to remain top of the Super League with a win in the style that has seen them claim so many plaudits this season, while Leeds will look to go level on points with the Tigers and put down a marker to suggest this season marks a serious resurgence.
Castleford are as short as 1/4 to defeat Leeds – while the Rhinos are as long as 3/1 (Stan James). If someone had given you those odds a couple of seasons ago for a clash between these two sides, you would’ve probably laughed. The changes from Monday’s initial prices have seen Castleford shorten and Leeds drift with the bookmakers.
Leeds have been given a +10 start at 10/11, with Castleford at the same price to cover it. Apart from Stan James, who have Castleford -10 at 5/6 with Leeds +10 at Evens.
Earlier on in the season, Castleford were 66-10 winners at The Jungle. One wouldn’t anticipate a margin that great but when the Tigers win games they tend to put a decent amount of daylight between them and their opponents.
Castleford -12 at 11/10 with William Hill and SkyBet could well be a bet that appeals then. If you fancy a Leeds victory, you may as well take the 3/1 on offer.
Zak Hardaker limped from the field in the closing stages of Castleford’s win over Saints but there has yet to be an update on his injury. Even if he was absent, there’s plenty of firepower in the Tigers’ ranks for them to win well.
Leeds shouldn’t be discounted. They have plenty of attacking threats of their own but if they come out on top, the chances are it could be narrowly. They’re 9/1 to win by 1-5 points with BetVictor.
For Castleford a 16-20 point margin win is 13/2 with several outlets, but if they were to cut loose and win by a margin of 21-25 points – that’s available at 10/1.
The general thinking seems to be if Castleford win, they’ll win pretty well, if Leeds win it’ll be by a narrow margin.