Day two of Magic Weekend sees three of Super League’s top four in action as well as three other sides who are desperate to record a win to enhance their chances of being involved in the Super 8’s next season. Here’s our preview of the Sunday games – and links to our more detailed previews of each game:
Catalans Dragons v Huddersfield Giants
Catalans have lost each of their last three Super League games – and were hammered 62-0 by Hull FC in the Challenge Cup last week and will desperately want to stop the rot.
Huddersfield had last week off but have shown signs of improvement in their last two Super League games – by shocking Leeds Rhinos with a win at Headingley, and narrowly missing out to league leaders Castleford Tigers. If they are to get a good result this weekend, they are going to have to do it without the talismanic figure of Danny Brough – who is serving the first game of a two-match suspension.
Catalans have been favourites all week and are best priced 4/5 with SkyBet. You can get 8/5 on the Giants but they seem to receiving a fair bit of backing.
The handicap betting seems to be interesting. Some are offering Huddersfield a +4 start between 8/11 and Evens – while others are offering a +2 start for the Giants ranging from 10/11 to 11/10.
Catalans are best priced 6/5 with Boylesports for a -4 start, and Evens with a -2 start with SkyBet.
Leigh Centurions v Salford Red Devils
These two sides could not be in more contrasting form. Leigh have lost each of their last eight games while Salford have won seven of their last eight league games.
The Devils – two points off the top of the table at the start of the weekend – are rightly favourites at 2/5 with Leigh at 5/2. Various handicaps are available and The Centurions have been given a +10 start at either Evens or 10/11 (with Salford at the same price).
It’s hard to see where Leigh’s next win comes from, while Salford would look to enhance their credentials for silverware. Plenty of Salford’s games have been tight affairs this season, but when they get on a roll they can be hard to stop.
Castleford Tigers v Leeds Rhinos
Leeds will look to get their own back after being hammered 66-10 by Castleford earlier on in the season – and go level on points with their opponents in the Super League as a result.
When Castleford have won this season, they tend to have won well – and earned several plaudits for it, though they did show a different way of winning against Huddersfield two weeks ago as they won a close encounter late on.
Leeds have been resurgent this season – and were winners away to Catalans last time out. A win here would lay down a real marker, but if they were to win, the chances are it’ll be within a score.
The Rhinos have been given +10 start on the handicap in most places – and are as long as Evens. You can get Castleford at 11/10 to cover it. The Tigers are best priced 2/5 to win the match, with Leeds as long as 15/4.