Friday night’s clash at Headingley could well be game of the season as Leeds meet Castleford. They have met twice already this season with the Tigers prevailing on both occasions – though their most recent meeting a Magic Weekend was significantly closer than the thrashing handed out at The Jungle.
This time, the Rhinos will hope to make it third time lucky, and chalk up a significant victory. They are close to full strength with Rob Burrow and Jamie Jones-Buchanan returning to the side – though they are still without Brett Delaney and Jimmy Keinhorst.
The Tigers are slight favourites – best priced at 10/11 – as they look to bounce back from their Challenge Cup exit at the hands of Hull FC. There have been occasions when they have struggled with another away match following a defeat this season. Here they will look to bounce back to preserve their six-point lead at the top of Super League.
They will have to do it without Michael Shenton who misses out because of a knee injury.
Leeds have only lost the one game at home this season and are available at 11/8 to record another home victory – it’s a price that we fancy. The Rhinos have been given a four-point start on the handicap at 10/11 – for those who don’t feel as bold about the Rhinos chances.
Given the tight nature of the game in prospect – a 6-10 points win for either side could be on the cards. You can get the home side at 7/1, with Castleford slightly shorter at 6’s.