How the Bookies See it
- Wigan v Castleford: Wigan 10/11, Castleford 10/11, Draw 22/1 - Betfred
- Warrington v Leeds: Warrington 8/13, Leeds 5/4, Draw 20/1 - Sky Bet
- Widnes v Wakefield: Wakefield 3/10, Widnes 5/2, Draw 22/1 - Bet365
Wigan Warriors’ fine form at the start of the season has been spoilt by two losses in their last two games. A 20-22 home defeat by Hull was followed up with a 26-18 reverse on the road at Leeds. Coach Shaun Wane admitted his side had put in the effort, but hadn’t been smart enough to break down Rhinos. Castleford Tigers have won all but one of their games this year, a 13-12 defeat at Salford in Round 5. The West Yorkshire outfit have racked up almost a hundred points more than the second-highest scorers and boast an impressive points difference of 178.
Warrington Wolves notched up their first point of the season at the seventh time of asking last week, coming back from 20-4 down to draw 22-22 with Hull. Winger Matty Russell impressed with a hat trick of tries, although his side remain rooted to the bottom of the table. Leeds Rhinos are on pulsating form, having won four on the bounce, including that victory over bitter rivals Wigan last time out. Centre Kallum Watkins marked his 200th game in blue and gold with a try in a titanic tussle at Headingley.
Widnes Vikings ended a run of three defeats with victory over Leigh in Round 7. They overcame an array of injuries and concussions to take the points, thanks in no small part to stand-off Danny Craven bagging a hat trick and an impressive kicking display from Tom Gilmore. Wakefield Trinity returned from Catalans with an impressive 18-38 win last week, their fourth victory in five games. Ben Jones-Bishop and Tom Johnstone claimed five of the winners’ seven tries between them to send Super League’s sixth-placed team back to Yorkshire with a smile on their faces.
Warrington may have shown real guts for the first time this season as they battled back against Hull last week, but for them to go into Friday’s tie with Leeds as bookies’ favourites will baffle many punters. Something is still seriously wrong at Warrington and this week’s opponents will be better equipped to shut them out than Hull were. Sky Bet’s 5/4 on a Leeds win is ludicrously generous, but you need to act quickly before it shortens. For the visitors to be winning at half time and full time is entirely possible, and you’ll receive 21/10 on that outcome from Bet365.
Wigan v Castleford is much more difficult to call, with the home side’s current stuttering form bound to right itself soon and confidence running high for the away team after a blistering start to the campaign. There’s not great value in a straight winner bet, but 11/8 from Betfred on Wigan winning with a handicap of four or Bet365’s 12/5 on a Castleford victory by between one and 12 points are worth a look, depending on which way you see this fascinating matchup falling.
Wakefield are hitting their stride now and should have few problems overcoming Widnes at the Select Security Stadium. The home side did well to claim their first victory of the season last week, but Trinity are a tougher prospect and are worth a look at 6/5 with Bet365 to win by 13 points or more.
- Sports.net’s Top Tip: Leeds/Leeds in the Half Time/Full Time at 21/10 from Bet365