How the Bookies See it:
- Leigh v Warrington: Warrington 2/5, Leigh 2/1, Draw 25/1 - William Hill
- Leeds v Wakefield: Leeds 1/4, Wakefield 3/1, Draw 20/1 - Sky Bet
- Catalans v St Helens: Catalans 1/2, St Helens 7/4, Draw 20/1 - BetVictor
Leigh Centurions took a couple of games to find their feet in Super League, going down to Castleford and Leeds, but two wins in three, including a 30-0 demolition of Huddersfield, should give the new boys plenty of hope ahead of this tie. After winning the League Leader’s Shield and making the Grand Final last year, Warrington Wolves have suffered a calamitous start to this campaign, losing all four games so far and sitting bottom of the pile.
Leeds Rhinos responded in the right way to their 66-10 humbling by Castleford in Round 3, putting Catalans to the sword 46-10 the following week. The Headingley club are yet to put together a convincing run of results, but the pressure on boss Brian McDermott seems to have lifted, at least temporarily. Wakefield Trinity shook off two early season defeats and a wretched run at the end of last year to edge two wins in recent weeks. An impressive 12-16 away victory at St Helens was followed up by a narrow home success over Salford last time out.
Catalans Dragons boss Laurent Frayssinous bemoaned his players’ attitude in the defeat to Leeds last week and will expect more in front of their own fans in Perpignan. That loss followed a draw against Widnes and victories over Warrington and Hull that see them sit fifth in the table going into the weekend. St Helens opened the new season with a slender victory over Leeds, but have now suffered three defeats on the bounce, courtesy of Leigh, Wakefield and Hull FC. Saints occupy tenth position in the table as they prepare for their trip across the Channel.
Warrington have shown nothing to justify their standing as favourites ahead of Thursday night’s clash, whilst Leigh can be rightly proud of the results of their hard work so far this season. Wolves will surely pull out of this nosedive at some point, but William Hill’s 2/1 on a home win is worth backing in the hope that it takes them at least another week to do so.
The game at Headingley could also be tighter than the oddsmakers are predicting. For all Leeds’ potential, they are not the same side that claimed the treble in 2015 and have shown vulnerability this term, especially as they were steamrollered by Cas. Wakefield are not as formidable a prospect as the current league leaders, but 3/1 from Sky Bet on an away win is tempting. If you think Trinity will come close, but ultimately set off back down the M1 empty handed, Sky Bet has 5/2 on Leeds winning by between one and ten points.
Catalans seem good for their 1/2 favourites status, with the Stade Gilbert Brutus rarely a happy hunting ground for visitors and certainly not for those as down-in-the-dumps as Saints. Bet365 has evens on the French side leading at half time and full time and you’ll find 11/8 at Sky Bet on them succeeding even with a ten point handicap.
- Sports.net’s Top Tip - Leigh to beat Warrington at 2/1 with William Hill