The first match of Round 19 is a basement battle between Widnes and Leigh. The prize for the winner? Not being bottom of the table for at least a week.
They have both had a week off to prepare for this and come into this game with grounds for optimism. Widnes – who are currently bottom – have won each of their last two home games – and are favourites to make it three home wins on the bounce. They’re best priced 4/6 to do the double over their opponents.
Leigh climbed off the bottom last time out after putting 50 points on their old rivals Wigan. It’s not the only big scalp they’ve taken recently as they managed to defeat Hull on the road not so long ago – it seems they are capable of raising their game for bigger occasions.
The Centurions are 13/8 with Betfred and have been given a +4 start with many bookies at 10/11. The majority have Widnes at the same price to cover it but Stan James and Betway have got them at Evens. The Vikings have tended to win games in a tight fashion this season so that’s not unreasonable but it’s the bet we fancy.
As for margin of victory – Widnes’ victories range from two to 20 points. You can get them at 11/2 to win by 6-10 points. If you fancy the visitors, they’re not strangers to winning by double figures – and are 12/1 with BetVictor to win by 11-15 points.