Leigh travel to Perpignan on Saturday in front of the Sky Cameras.
Both sides look destined for the middle 8 with the Centurions likely picking up the wooden spoon after poor defeats last week.
Current form suggests that this will be far from a classic but there should be plenty of points in an entertaining game in what will be former England Coach Steve Macnamaras 1st home game.
The new Dragons Coach will be boosted by the return of Bird, Inu and Horo whilst Leigh Coach Neil Jukes welcomes back Higson, Fleming and Acton.
Catalans have to concede a 16 point start on the handicap for this which is a lot given current form.
Whilst Perpignan is usually a fortress for the Dragons this year has seen a different story, they have the worst home record in the league with only 3 wins, only one by more than today’s 16 point handicap . In their last home game they shipped 56 points to Huddersfield
Mind you the Centurions have fared even worse on the road, they’ve only won once away from LSV all season, and with the Dragons having players back you can’t really see them doubling that today.
Neither side really appeals at the match odds, the Dragons are very short at 1/6 for a side in such poor form, they’ve only won one of their last 6, and you’d probably want more than 9/2 for an away win given the Centurions travel sickness.
Both sides are capable of scoring tries so the value probably lies with Leigh getting a 16 point start on the handicap.
I think it could be a close high scoring game with the French side winning by around 6-10 points. The one game where Catalans covered today’s handicap was when they played a severely depleted Salford side and they don’t look in the right shape to win any game by 3 scores.
In a game where the lead could change hands a few times Leigh to be winning at Half Time and Catalans to win at Full Time could be a decent value fun bet at around 7/1.
Yaha at 9/1 and Dawson at 14/1 would be my 1st try picks but Hopkins is great value at 9/1 to celebrate his new contract with a try anytime in the game.
One other game today sees out of form Warrington travel to Wakefield.
The bookies make Wakefield 8/11 favourites to win this but with their Super 8 place secure this could be a great chance for Wire to close the gap on the sides in the top 8.
They beat Catalans last week and whilst they are in no kind of form I think they can get a 2nd win this season against Wakefield.
It could be tight though so maybe better to shop around and get the Wire with a 2 point start on the handicap.
Back next Thursday, as always please gamble responsibly.
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