Round 21 could see the Super League table shaken up a little as many sides who are relatively close to each other go head-to-head.
With a round that could have huge implications when it comes to the standings after 23 Rounds – and the fixtures each side will be handed when the leagues split. Here we have a look at the early prices available for each game along with videos recapping their previous meetings.
Wakefield Trinity v Castleford Tigers
Wakefield have made it difficult for every side they have hosted this season and there is no reason to think it won’t be the same for Castleford – who have guaranteed top spot ahead of the Super 8s.
The home side got back to winning ways against Warrington, while the Tigers were narrow winners over Hull FC – stretching their Super League winning run to nine games.
You can get 5/2 on Wakefield, while Castleford are 1/3 – with Trinity given an eight-point start on the handicap. That’s available at Evens with Bet Victor and looks appealing. You can get Castleford at 10/11 elsewhere to cover it.
Huddersfield Giants v Widnes Vikings
Both Huddersfield and Widnes have had something of a renaissance lately but were defeated last time out by Salford and Wigan respectively. Unsurprisingly the home side are favourites – available at 2/5, with Widnes at 12/5. The Vikings have also been given eight-point and 10-point starts on the handicap depending on where you look.
Widnes might make this a close one as Huddersfield’s injuries have started to bite once again, and taking the Vikings +10 at 10/11 could be worth a punt.
St. Helens v Hull FC
An interesting game on Friday night that will depend entirely on which of the two sides’ incarnations will turn up. Both come into this on the back of narrow yet spirited defeats. It could be a last roll of the dice for Saints, while Hull will want to show they’re real contenders for the Grand Final.
Saints are the narrow favourites – though they could be missing a couple of key players, including Matty Smith. The best price you’ll get on the home side is 10/11 while Hull can be found at 11/10 with Hills. We’d take that at this stage.
Warrington Wolves v Leigh Centurions
Both sides suffered setbacks last week – and it looks increasingly likely that both sides will meet each other in the Middle 8s – unless Warrington suddenly find some form.
For Leigh it’s about preparing for those games to ensure their Super League survival following their late defeat to Catalans. Warrington are 4/9, with Leigh available at around 2/1 – with bookies opting to give the Centurions starts of either six or eight points. When Warrington win games they don’t tend to be comprehensive – at this stage we’d take Leigh +8 at 10/11.
Catalans Dragons v Wigan Warriors
Both sides will want to build on important wins from last week. Catalans need the win to sustain a challenge for the top eight, while Wigan will be looking to consolidate their position, and possibly kick on. The visitors are strong favourites at 1/2 – you can get Catalans at 2/1 with a six-point start offered by the bookies. You can get Evens on Catalans to win with that start with BetVictor. Both sides have been low on quality in different areas in recent weeks, but the Dragons tend to leak points. Wigan -6 at 10/11 could be worth backing.
Salford Red Devils v Leeds Rhinos
Going into this round of games it’s second versus third. Salford ended a recent run of three defeats in the Super League, while Leeds bounced back from a defeat of their own with a narrow win against St. Helens.
It could be a case of what kind of resources both sides have available to them when they meet on Sunday afternoon. The bookies are anticipating a close game. You can get 10/11 on Salford and Evens on Leeds. Salford -2 is available at Evens which might be the bet to consider – but we’d wait for squad announcements ahead of this one.
We’ll have more detailed previews of these games individually, starting from tomorrow.