A local clash kicks off round 21 of Super League when Wakefield Trinity host league leaders Castleford Tigers on Thursday night.
Both sides are having terrific seasons, with Wakefield unexpectedly putting pressure on for a place in the top four – as they sit in fifth and just two points behind second. Castleford have top spot secured ahead of the Super 8s which gets underway after the league splits following the 23rd round. The Tigers are eight points clear at the top and it seems to be a case of when not if they will secure the League Leaders shield.
They may have their work cut out this week as they put their nine-game winning run in the Super League on the line against Wakefield – no-one seems to have an easy time of things when they pay a visit to Belle Vue.
Trinity named an unchanged squad following their win over Warrington – but they’ll be without Reece Lyne because of suspension – while Greg Minikin and Andy Lynch return for the visitors.
Castleford are unsurprisingly favourites given their recent form. 4/11 has been on offer for a Tigers victory while Wakefield are available at 5/2. One would suggest that is a little long on the home side, especially as they have been given a 10-point start on the handicap at 10/11. No visiting side has left Wakefield with such a comfortable win this season. We’d fancy Wakefield +10 at that price.
As for a winning margin bet, we’d look at the close margins. You can get 6/1 on Castleford winning by 1-5 points, and 8/1 on Wakefield in the same margin range.