Middle 8s qualifiers: Catalans Dragons v London Broncos betting preview

Catalans’ preparations for their Middle 8s campaign have been hampered a little as Tony Gigot has been banned by the French anti-doping authority – relating to the incident that also saw him sidelined earlier on in the season, and there might be more twists to come in that particular saga.

Though Gigot’s absence will be a blow, they have received boosts with Luke Walsh, Iain Thornley and Remi Casty among those returning to their 19-man squad.

They face a London side who finished second in the Championship during the regular season and dished out a couple of hidings to teams around them so they’re not to be underestimated.

Given they have a squad capable of scoring points, against a side that has been leaking them in recent weeks (despite improvements) it’ll be interesting to see if this game could be made into a tight contest.

The bookies suggest not, however, making the Dragons overwhelming favourites at 1/9, with London available at 9/1. The Broncos have been given a 22-point start on the handicap in most places at 10/11. The Dragons are 11/10 to cover it with Sky Bet and have been drifting a little since the Gigot announcement.

One wouldn’t be surprised by any result here, but if we were pushed, we’d back the Broncos +22 at 10/11 given that Catalans have still shown signs of a leaky defence late on in games in recent weeks.

It might be tight, though, which is why we’d suggest looking at Catalans by 16-20 points at 11/2 for a winning margin bet.

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