Leeds Rhinos take on Warrington Wolves in Friday’s televised games as both sides will look to find a win after missing out on victory at Magic Weekend.
The Rhinos came up against the irresistible force that is Castleford Tigers but were by no means disgraced in a highly competitive game in Newcastle – while Warrington will be smarting from a draw against Wigan. Having taken the lead late on themselves, there were pegged back by a last-minute try forcing a share of the spoils.
Despite Warrington recording a win against Leeds earlier on in the season – which was their first win of the campaign – the Rhinos are favourites and are best priced 4/6, Warrington are available at 7/5.
Given the handicap on offer – mainly giving Warrington a +4 start across the board – a tight game is expected. Most bookies are offering 10/11 with the exception of William Hill. They have Leeds at Evens to cover that handicap, with Warrington at 4/5 – so if you fancy the visitors you’d be better off backing them to win the match outright.
One would probably fancy Leeds to win the game, especially as they bounce back from any defeat they face this season and it could be hard to for Warrington to break that spell. As a result, one would feel inclined to back Leeds-4 with Hills at Evens, and that’s our bet.
Some may fancy the home side by a bigger margin, given they tend to win by double figures at home. Their average win margin is just under 16 points, while Warrington’s average defeat is just over 14 points. Leeds by 11-15 points is 13/2. If you fancy Warrington, look at their habit of winning games late on that has developed this season, which you can get at 6/1.