It would be the biggest of shocks if Leeds didn’t make it through to the semi-finals of the Challenge Cup when they take on Featherstone Rovers at Headingley on Friday night.
The Rhinos have already had two home ties in the cup so far this season – successfully dispatching both Doncaster and Barrow. Other clubs will have been envious of the draw the Rhinos have been handed so far.
Featherstone have shown they can be competitive this season, though. They currently sit in fourth place in the Championship – and have managed to put on good shows against the best sides in that division – notably a draw with Hull KR. They have, however, shown that a bad day at the office can result in a heavy defeat like they did against London.
The bookies have given Fev a +32 start on the handicap at Evens with SkyBet – you can get the same on Leeds to cover it. One would expect Leeds to win the game quite comfortably, it’s just a case of how much they want to cut loose.
The Rhinos on the handicap looks like the best bet. You won’t get any value on them to just win inside 80 minutes at 1/40 – though if you fancy the visitors to pull off a huge shock you can get them at 19/1.
It’s hard to offer a winning margin tip for these kind of games – but Leeds by 51-55 points does stick out at 16/1 with William Hill.