How the Bookies See it
- Leigh v Wigan: Wigan 2/5, Leigh 2/1, Draw 22/1 - Sky Bet
- Salford v Hull: Salford 4/5, Hull 11/10, Draw 20/1 - BetVictor
- Catalans v Huddersfield: Catalans 4/9, Huddersfield 17/10, Draw 22/1 - Paddy Power
Leigh Centurions made a positive start to their first season back in Super League, but have struggled in recent weeks, losing ten of their last 11 games. A narrow victory over Hull in Round 15 was followed by a 38-0 demolition at the hands of Cas and a 22-14 reverse away to Leeds, leaving them bottom of the table. Wigan Warriors are a shadow of the team that lifted the Grand Final trophy last term and currently sit in sixth. They have suffered three defeats on the bounce in recent weeks, with last week’s loss at Hull their first at the KCOM in eight years.
Salford Red Devils are the surprise package of the year, two points clear of Leeds in second position less than a year since they retained their Super League status by the skin of their teeth. They went down 34-24 to Wakefield last week, but that is one of only two defeats they have endured in their last 12 games. Hull FC’s 39-26 win over Wigan was a treat for fans, with 12 tries scored between the two teams on the day, but it also meant they halted a run of three defeats. The Airlie Birds have slipped to fifth in Super League and will be keen to begin climbing again.
Catalans Dragons are hanging on to a Super 8s spot by the skin of their teeth after a wretched run that has seen them win just once in seven attempts. A Round 16 success over Hull was followed up by a 16-6 humbling by struggling Widnes last time out, which has caused major concern in the south of France. Huddersfield Giants will leap over their opponents if they can find another performance like last week’s fine 44-4 demolition of Warrington. They have the psychological advantage going into the tie, having beaten Dragons 18-10 at the Magic Weekend just last month.
Wigan should claim the two points at Leigh on Thursday night, and many will be tempted to stake on them winning at both half and full time at 4/6 with Coral. However, with both sides on such terrible runs, anything can happen on the night and home advantage may just help Leigh over the line for an unlikely win. You’ll find 5/2 from William Hill on the league’s bottom side snatching victory.
Salford are a team in form and, although the bookies think it will be a tight affair, they should have just too much for a travelling Hull side. BetVictor has the Red Devils at 4/5 for the win, with William Hill’s 11/10 on them doing so with a two-point handicap looking like a decent bet.
Curiously, the bookies seem set on Catalans succeeding against Huddersfield when there is little evidence to suggest it will be that straightforward. Clubs no longer fear the trip across the Channel and Giants showed three weeks ago that they have the beating of the Dragons. Get on Paddy Power’s 17/10 for an away win before the company’s oddsmakers come to their senses.
- Sports.net’s Top Tip: Huddersfield to beat Catalans at 17/10 with Paddy Power
Please note that odds may fluctuate.