Super League 2018 Round 12 Betting Preview
Round 11 made intriguing viewing, as Wigan edged out old rivals Leeds 9-8 at Headingley, and Wakefield sent a strong message to their doubters by beating league leaders St Helens. Saints remain in pole position, but Wigan and Warrington are snapping at their heels, as are Castleford, who have two games in hand over St. Helens.
Cas take on Wigan in Round 12, with Leeds and Hull tussling it out to challenge the top four.
Hull FC v Leeds Rhinos
- Thursday 19th April, 7:45pm
- Hull FC 8/11, Leeds 11/10, Draw 20/1 - Betfred
Hull FC have won four of their last five matches, with the only defeat coming at the hands of St Helens. Last weekend they returned from a trip to Widnes with a convincing 39-20 victory and will look forward to exacting revenge on Leeds after suffering a narrow 20-16 defeat at Headingley in Round 5.
Leeds Rhinos saw their three-match winning run brought to an end by Wigan last week by the narrowest of margins. Despite being 8-0 up with just ten minutes to go, the West Yorkshire outfit were eventually undone by a Warriors fightback, including a late Sam Tomkins drop goal. Rhinos sit fifth in Super League, a point behind county neighbours Castleford.
Games between Hull and Leeds are often fascinating affairs, and this should be no different. Hull could squeeze this, given their home advantage, but 11/10 on Leeds is very tempting considering the wealth of talent in the ranks of last year’s champions.
You don’t often find positive odds on a Rhinos win, and for good reason. If they are serious about retaining their title, this is a game they have to win. It’s by no means a foregone conclusion, but certainly worth a punt.
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Wigan Warriors v Castleford Tigers
- Friday 20th April, 7:45pm
- Wigan 8/13, Castleford 13/10, Draw 22/1 - Betfred
Wigan Warriors needed two epic fightbacks to claim victory in their last two games. A last ten-minute flurry saw off Leeds last week, following a turnaround against the league’s bottom club, Catalan Dragons. That game finished 32-23, despite the Warriors trailing 21-0 at one point. Tomkins was key in both victories, but the home faithful will be hoping their side don’t leave it so late this time.
Castleford Tigers are back up to their lofty 2017 standards according to coach Daryl Powell. They have lost just once in eight games and they destroyed strugglers Catalans 41-0 last week. Luke Gale is lethal with his boot at the moment, and last year’s beaten Grand Finalists will relish the chance to draw level on points with Friday’s opponents should they win at the DW.
This has got ‘cracker’ written all over it. Wigan have been slow out of the traps recently, but there is no denying their potential. Cas are Super League’s form team and look to be growing with every performance.
Castleford’s odds of 13/10 from Betfred seem very generous, considering their abilities, but you could always play it more cautiously. It’s likely to be a close affair, in which case, the same bookie’s evens on Cas to win with a +4 headstart makes a lot of sense.
Sports.net’s Top Tip