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Leeds favourites to win Yorkshire derby

Leeds Rhinos 10-7 Hull FC

5 games on Friday night to choose from but there’s no doubt Sky have chosen the right game to cover as they head to Elland Road for a repeat of last year’s Grand Final between Leeds and Castleford.

Both sides have had solid starts to a weather interrupted season as they have only lost one game each.
Daryl Powell’s Tigers have recovered from an opening day pasting at St Helens to win their last 3 games whilst the Champions have only lost once this year, at Widnes.
Cas have had the better of f their local rivals in Super League over the last few years but that counted for nothing at Old Trafford where the Rhinos ran out comfortable winners.
Leeds are still missing a host of talent including Ward and Ferres but that didn’t stop them from beating leaders St Helens last week.

The bookies make them 8/11 favourites to win this but I think they could come unstick against a well rested Tigers outfit.
Castleford have only played 4 times so far this year, last week’s game against Wigan was their 3rd to fall foul of the weather, and this could just be the game Brian Mac’s sides injuries catch up with them.
Cas have a very good recent record at Leeds and with 6/4 available if you shop around that has to be where the value lies.
You can get Castleford at 11/10 receiving a 2 point start , so a repeat of the 2015 draw would still be a winner for you, but I take this to be an away win by 6-10 points.
Yes, Leeds were impressive at the Totally Wicked Stadium but Saints should really have been out of sight by half time.
I can’t see Castleford letting them off the hook like that.
Both sides should be comfortably in the top.4 come September and it’d be no surprise to see them going bead to head again in the play offs.

Tom Briscoe would be my 1st try pick at 12/1 and you can’t see past Gale at 8/1 and Parcell at 12/1 for man of the match.
Parcell outshone Roby in the win at Saints last week.

4 other games, inconsistent Huddersfield can stay inside a 12 point handicap at Wigan, I take the Warriors to win by 6-10 points.

Hull FC can get back to winning ways against a woeful Catalans side, the black and whites can surely cover the 12 point handicap.

Wakefield look good value at to shock Warrington at the HJ. The Wildcats get a 6 point start on the handicap but an away win here at 2/1 would be no shock to me.

Finally Saints can get back on the winning trail at Hull KR. They should win this by more than the 10 point handicap albeit against a Rovers side who were excellent at Huddersfield last week before the snow came.

Easter next week, as always please gamble responsibly

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