Leeds favourites to beat Wigan

Hull visit Widnes in front of the Sky Cameras on Thursday, to kick off the Rugby League weekend.
The season is moving on fast, everyone side would have played each other so far this season if it wasn’t for the postponements.

The black and whites are recovering from a poor start to the season having won 2 of their 3 games over Easter, whereas a Widnes side crippled by injuries can’t seem to buy a win at the moment.

A defeat at Hull KR last week was the Vikings 3rd in a row, but they did beat Salford the last time they played on Thursday Night Rugby.
The bookies expect this to be 4 defeats in a row and make FC 12 point favourites on the handicap.
If you discount the Easter Monday loss to St Helens though, Widnes haven’t lost a home game by more than 12 points this year and so can surely stay inside that against a Hull side who are hardly knocking down any trees.
The Airlie Birds haven’t won by more than 12 yet on their travels,  and whilst they should land odds of 1/4 to win the game I think it may be under the 12 point handicap.

Given the injury worries it’s hard to make a case for a 3/1 home win, FC by around 6-10 points is about where I see this ending up..
If you strongly fancy an away win you can increase the 1/4 odds to around 8/13 on the Half Time Full Time but Widnes always seem to make life difficult for teams on the I Pitch.

Jake Connor seems to be rattling opposition fans of late and he looks good value at 16/1 to score the 1st try.

The man of the match has become a joke with the TV vote, but my picks would be Houghton and Hanbury.

The winners of the last 3 Grand Finals clash at Headingley on Friday as Wigan travel to Leeds.

Both sides had close wins last week as the Warriors came back from 21 points down to win in France and the Rhinos won a high scoring game at Wakefield by 2 points.

Wigan haven’t won at Leeds in Super League since 2011 but I think that run could end on Friday.
The Champions still aren’t at full strength and lost recently at home to Castleford, the Warriors away form has been poor this year but they will gain alot of confidence from their 2nd half showing in Perpignan.

This is a game that is usually tight and that is backed up by the odds, Leeds are around 8/11 with Wigan 11/10 but if you shop around you can get the Warriors with a 2 point start at evens and that’s where the value lies for me.
This really is a game that could go either way but if pushed would say an away win by 1-5 points.
Both sides have had solid starts to the season when you add in the trip down under, and this is a vital game as both look to stay in touch with leaders St Helens.

Marshall and Hall share favouritism at 10/1 for the 1st try but I’d prefer Joe Burgess at 11/1,  Watkins at 14/1 could he the man for the Rhinos.

Sam Tomkins looks like getting his old form back and would be my man of the match pick alongside key Leeds forward Matt Parcell.

Enjoy your Rugby League weekend, as always please gamble responsibly.

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