Given the quick turnaround in games, we’re probably going to stick to one piece to preview all of Bank Holiday Monday’s Super League action. Bet365 have been the first bookmakers to release some odds for tomorrow’s games – and we’ll try to update this piece as we go. You’ll notice there are only five games, as Huddersfield and St Helens took the decision to play their game next month – on the weekend of the Challenge Cup quarter-finals.
EDIT: More prices have been put up and the piece below has been amended.
Here’s our look at the five matches:
Warrington Wolves v Salford Red Devils
Salford made it nine wins from their last ten Super League games when they hammered Catalans 50-12 on Friday night. Warrington, however, were on the end of a hiding as they lost 40-0 at Leeds.
It’s an interesting game this one. Warrington have shown signs recently of being competitive again after their awful start to the season – but heavy defeats come along like the one to Leeds from time-to-time that will ultimately prevent their Super League campaign from making the kind of recovery it needs.
They need to bounce back and will have their work cut out against in-form Salford side. The Red Devils will be determined to back up their most impressive home win of the season with another big scalp on the road.
Salford are as long as 7/4 (Sporting Bet) – no way should they be that long. They have been given a +4 start on the handicap too at Evens with Bet Victor and Bet 365. If Warrington were to win the likelihood it would be in an arm wrestle, and Salford’s handicap bet looks appealing. Sky Bet are offering 10/11 with the Red Devils given a +6 start. We’re going to tip the handicap bet (Salford +4 at Evens), but if you’re feeling bold, have a go at Salford outright. Wire are available at 4/7.
As for the winning margin market the two bets one probably should be looking at are either Salford 16-20 points win at 16/1 with Hills! For those that fancy the home side Warrington 1-5 points at 13/2 with Bet Victor could be worth looking at.
Wigan Warriors v Wakefield Trinity
Wigan were on the end of an agonising derby defeat to St Helens on Thursday night and have now gone four league games without a win. But with players returning, and performances improving – one would imagine that better results will soon follow.
Wakefield are on a bit of a roll and have won their last four league games – and have opened up a little cushion over their opponents. Their latest win was a hard-fought win over an improving Huddersfield side.
However, given that Wakefield have played a day later, Wigan might feel the benefit of a bit of extra rest, and end their recent winless run. It will be hard fought, but one would expect the Warriors to come through.
Wigan’s are available at 1/3 – which might be a touch short – while Wakefield look long at 7/2 with Sporting Bet. Trinity were on the big side on the handicap and were given a +12 start at Evens by Bet365.
If you got on that, well done as it isn’t available. You can get a +10 start at Evens which is still worth a look. Some outlets are still widely offering Wakefield +12 at 10/11.
For a winning margin bet, Wigan winning by 6-10 points at 5/1 could be worth a punt.
Widnes Vikings v Leeds Rhinos
Widnes looked as if they were about to pull off the biggest shock of the season so far when they were leading at Castleford, only for the league leaders to fight back late on.
Leeds continued their challenge towards the top of the table with a 40-0 demolition of Warrington on Friday night. Unsurprisingly the Rhinos are strong favourites to make it back-to-back wins at 1/3. Widnes are available at 3/1.
The Vikings have been given either a +10 or +12 start on the handicap at 10/11. Despite a performance they can take a lot of heart from, one is unsure they will be able to keep within that if Leeds only have a couple of spells when they at their best. Leeds-10 at 10/11 seems to be the bet from the early prices so far.
For a Winning Margin bet, having a look at Leeds to win by either 16-20 points at 6/1 or 21-25 points at 9/1 would be wise.
Leigh Centurions v Castleford Tigers
Leigh managed to end a miserable eight-match losing streak with a win away to Hull FC on Friday night, while Castleford had a scare against Widnes but managed to come through with a victory. It will be interesting to see just how both sides back things up following that encounter.
Unsurprisingly, the league leaders are favourites to record another victory, with the Tigers as short as 1/4. Leigh are 3/1 and have been given a +12 start on the handicap.
It’s pretty hard to know which way this is going to go as Castleford have had to dig out wins in the past couple of weeks, and Leigh will have inevitably found a bit of confidence from Friday’s win. Reluctantly, one would probably take Castleford at -12 on the handicap at 10/11 at Bet365. Leigh +14 is available at 10/11 elsewhere.
In the winning margin market, it could be worth looking at Castleford to win by 11-15 points – which is 13/2 with Bet Victor.
Catalans Dragons v Hull FC
This is a really hard game to call because of how poor both teams have been recently. Catalans are without a coach and have lost each of their last six games in all competitions – and will be in desperate need of a win here to arrest that decline.
Hull’s last win came a couple of weeks ago when they dismantled Catalans 62-0 in the Challenge Cup. Since then they have been embarrassed by St. Helens at Magic Weekend and humbled at home by Leigh.
This feels like a game that has two important factors. Which side has the most energy and confidence, and which Hull side is most likely to turn up?
The Dragons have been given the favourites tag at 8/11, with Hull at 6/4. Hull have also been given a +4 start on the handicap too.
Hull to win the match at 6/4 with Bet365 is the one to back given the price – that doesn’t mean we back it with much confidence. If they were to win, one wouldn’t be surprised if it came by a 6-10 points margin – which is 7/1 with Winner.