Castleford and Salford will have been billed as a top of the table battle a few weeks ago. But the Tigers stretching their winning run in Super League to double figures and Salford losing three of their last four means this match has a different feel to it.
The Devils will be looking to prove their bubble hasn’t burst by ending the league leaders 100% home record – and maintain their place in the top three.
Castleford are unsurprisingly the favourites but have made three enforced changes to their 19-man squad for this week’s game. Larne Patrick, Adam Milner and Jake Webster are all sidelined meaning Kevin Larroyer, Tom Holmes and Jake Trueman all come in.
Salford largely have the same side available as they did for the defeat to Leeds last week as they will look to avoid another week where they are on the wrong end of 50 points.
The pricing looks similar to what you would see for a team towards the top against a side struggling towards the bottom. Castleford are 1/4 and you can get 4/1 on the Red Devils. The visitors have also been given a 12-point start on the handicap at 10/11. The handicap is probably priced correctly as it’s hard to know which Salford side will turn up, and whether Castleford will really keep the pressure on.
One would be more inclined to go for the home side to cover that price as they still have enough firepower. An 11-15 point win for the home side at 13/2 could also be worth backing.