This week’s meeting between Leeds and Wigan is likely to have a different look to it than the one at the DW Stadium a couple of weeks ago.
Wigan were 34-0 winners last time out but were up against a much-changed Leeds side who rested the majority of their frontline players for their Challenge Cup semi-final against Hull FC – which they ended up on the wrong side of.
The Rhinos will look to keep up a pretty good home record against Wigan from recent years having not lost to the Warriors at Headingley since 2012.
They welcome back Brett Delaney from knee injuries while Liam Sutcliffe is said to be in contention after a month out.
Wigan will look to build on their cup semi-final win over Salford, and on their recent improvement in form as so many of their frontline players are back and starting to perform.
They will be without Sam Powell who picked up one-match suspension from last weekend and is replaced in the squad by Josh Ganson – and Joel Tomkins drops out with a groin problem with Jack Wells taking his place in the squad. Liam Farrell, who was included in last week’s squad but missed the win over Salford, is in contention for this week’s game.
Leeds have been slight favourites all week with most bookies but the market has seemingly tightened up. You can get a best price of Evens with Stan James on a Rhinos win while Wigan be found at 6/5.
Wigan have been given a two-point start in most places on the handicap – but a couple of places are offering 11/10 on Leeds to cover it. There have been some tight tussles between these two sides in the past but it’s a bet that certainly raises an eyebrow, but both SkyBet and BoyleSports have Wigan at the same price to cover a two-point start for Leeds. We’d go with the home side’s bet, but a draw at 22/1 might be worth a go if you have some loose change.
As for winning margins, we’d look at Leeds by 1-5 points at 13/2, and if you fancy Wigan to win they haven’t made it that close on the scoreboard lately. An 11-15 points win for the Warriors at 10/1 is certainly worth a look.