Both Widnes and Catalans have been horribly out of form of late – with the latter feeling the need to change their coach – yet both sides will go into this game looking for back-to-back wins.
It’s the first time we can remember Widnes being favourites for a game this season – as a win would take them off the bottom of the Super League table. The Vikings managed to record an eight-point win over Leeds Rhinos last week. They have managed the odd big result this season but have failed to back it up. Here is a great opportunity for them.
Catalans ended a six-game losing streak with a narrow win over Hull last week. There have been times this season when they have managed to string together a couple of good results followed by a run of poor ones. Add in the fixture congestion surrounding this period of the year, it makes this game a hard one to call.
Widnes are available at 10/11, while Catalans are priced up at 5/4. Given the knife-edge nature of this match, we’d be tempted to back the latter purely because of the value offered.
The handicap bet offered gives Catalans a +2 start at 10/11, which offers little value given what’s available elsewhere.
If the French side do come away with a win, we’d expect it to be by a margin of 6-10 points at 13/2. Given the knife edge nature of this game, we’d also have a small go on Widnes cutting loose a little, and winning by 11-15 points – available at 15/2 with William Hill.