Catalans make the trip to Leeds on Friday night rugby as they look to put the ugly scenes at the end of last weeks game with Warrington behind them .
It’s worth remembering though that they did win the game comfortably so should be travelling to a fired up Leeds side full of confidence .
The Rhinos though will surely be thinking this could be the game that could just about guarantee their super league status for next year , as a home win would probably need London to win 3 of their last 5 to catch them .
Forgetting how poor Huddersfield were last week it has to be said the Rhinos looked much more of a potent threat going forward and finally started to look like they had an idea how to defend . Leeds have won 3 of their last 6 , including a home win over the Dragons and should make it 4 from 7 .
Whilst the appeals panel and RFL bizarrely put the blame for last weeks ugly scenes at the door of referee James Child’s it’s worth noting that the Dragons have only won 2 of their last 6 trips over the channel and I fully expect Leeds to strike a blow to their top 5 hopes . Richard Agars side are admittedly very short at around 1/5 to win this but I expect them to get the job done by around 11-15 points in a high scoring encounter .
Whilst odds of around 4/1 look big for a side 8 points ahead of their opponents I just feel Leeds look in a good place right now and should get what would be a crucial win with St Helens due at Headingley next week .
The handicap sees Leeds having to concede a 12 point start on the handicap which looks about right , but if you shop around you can get the Dragons at 4/5 with a 16 point start which could be just enough .
Robert Lui at 6/1 heads the man of the match market but I prefer Brad Dwyer at double those odds , as for a Dragon possibly Lucas Albert at 14/1 .
Super league returns next Thursday , as always please gamble responsibly
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