Top versus bottom and you’d think this would be a foregone conclusion – it certainly is in the minds of the bookies.
Castleford are best priced 1/33 to beat Widnes and the Tigers are resting a couple of their front line players during this busy period. They’ve made The Jungle a fortress this season – as they have a 100% home record and have yet to score fewer than 40 points on their own patch this term.
Widnes have been given a +28 start on the handicap in many places as a result. As well as some poor form the Vikings have their share of injury problems, and won’t be allowed to use Rangi Chase as part of the loan agreement that saw him make the recent switch from Castleford. They’re available at 18/1 to shock everyone and claim a win.
The Vikings concede on average 30 points a game, which doesn’t bode well for their visit. It’s probably why backing Castleford -28 appeals at 10/11.
It’s hard to think that this game’s outcome won’t be determined by how well Castleford play. One would be tempted to back Castleford to get their customary 40 points, and a bit more. A 41-45 point win at 9/1 could be tempting, even if one or two players are rested.