Whatever we think of the crazy decision to make our players play two games in four days, there are five games of Super League on Monday with two to enjoy on Sky.
Castleford’s visit to Leigh kicks off Sky’s coverage. Daryl Powell has been one of the most vocal coaches against this short turnaround and it is worth noting his side lost their game on Easter Monday away at St Helens.
Leigh lost both their Easter fixtures but will be buoyed by a first ever away win in Super League at Hull on Friday night.
Both sides came away from their Friday games relatively unscathed, but Harrison Hansen misses out. Junior Moors comes back in for the Tigers.
Leigh are 7/2 to record back-to-back victories but it is sure to be a real test against the league leaders.
Cas were nearly humbled by bottom of the table Widnes on Friday but it is clear they tried to manage their squad with this game in mind.
Odds of 1/6 are short for the Tigers given they’ve struggled recently away from home but you have to think they’ll have too much for Leigh.
The Centurions gained an impressive win in Hull three days ago but that says as much about where FC are at the moment as it does about any improvement in Leigh’s form.
Super League sponsors Betfred give Leigh a 14-point start on the handicap but I’m not sure that’ll be enough.
Wakefield and both Hull clubs have all had double figure wins at the Leigh Sports Village recently and I think Cas can rediscover their away form and win this by around 16-20 points. This is a game that I think will go well over the total points line if it stays dry.
The resting of Moors on Friday shows that Powell is managing his squad well and they’ll surely have far too much for Leigh. The fantastic effort they put up in Hull on Friday could also affect them late on in the game.
Free scoring Greg Eden heads first try lists at around 15/2 and it’s hard to look anywhere else, Michael Shenton at 12/1 could be an alternative. Matty Dawson at 14/1 would be my pick in Leigh colours.
Eden is an eye catching 10/1 for yet another hat-trick, if you think the tries could come from the other wing Greg Minikin he is the same price.
It’s hard to see past Luke Gale for man of the match, obviously, an Eden hat-trick could tip it his way.
As for Leigh, I’d just favour Josh Drinkwater over Ben Crooks, so it’s Drinkwater and Gale for me. Picks have been a little more predictable lately with the likes of Parcell and Percival getting the award.
Later on, Hull look to put two poor results behind them as they go to France in the days final game which is also on Sky.
A heavy defeat to Saints at Magic Weekend was followed by being the first side to ever lose at home to Leigh in Super League for FC, but the Catalans are in dire straits losing their last six in league and cup conceding over 230 points in the process.
The Dragons have struggled to put a team out on the field but the return of Greg Bird will give them a big lift. The Airlie Birds are still without the likes of Mahe Fonua and Scott Taylor for a game that is really tough to call.
You have to think the French side will make home advantage count sooner or later and they did win in Hull in the reverse fixture.
Given the home sides form it’s hard to justify their 8/13 favourites tag for this, but then again the 11/8 for an away win doesn’t appeal either.
It should be a close game and you certainly can’t rule out the draw, but I think the Dragons may just edge a close game. However, I can’t see more than a try in it either way. In fact, a draw at either half-time or full-time could be the value at 13/2.
I certainly don’t think this game will feature in any end of season reviews and going low on total points possibly sounds the best value.
Fouad Yaha heads first try betting at 10/1 and I’d favour him and 12/1 Albert Kelly, who has lost a bit of his spark in recent weeks so will be looking to retain his form.
It’s a long hard season and Lee Radford seems to be thinking ahead to the post season, the Dragons haven’t got that option with the middle 8s looming and that may just swing it for the hosts.
Earlier in the day, In form Salford get a 4-point start for their visit to Warrington but surely have to be fancied to win the game at around 7/4 given the Wolves awful display at Leeds on Friday.
The Red Devils were putting Catalans to the sword and last year’s Million Pound Game looks a mile away now, surely Ian Watson is the coach of the year so far as his side keep up the pressure on Castleford. Given they’ve won their last six in league and cup, they can surely add to that at the Halliwell Jones.
Wire do go better at home but you’d want more than the 1/2 on offer after that horror show on Friday.
Improving Widnes get a 10-point start for their home game against Leeds and whilst results aren’t improving for the Vikings, performances certainly are.
They gave Castleford a real scare on Friday and can stay inside the 10-point handicap for me. They gave Leeds a real hiding at home in Super League last time but whilst the Rhinos may scrape home, I think Widnes can keep this close.
You would want more than 3/1 for a Vikings side that have forgotten how to win but Leeds have been a little inconsistent lately, 2/7 certainly seems very short.
The Vikings have thrown away some decent leads in recent weeks so the value could be Widnes half-time Leeds full-time at 13/2.
Finally, Wakefield get a 12-point start on the handicap for their trip to Wigan and given they’ve won their last 5 in all competitions they look good value.
Especially as the hosts haven’t won in four league games, the injuries though seem to be clearing at the DW and Wigan usually handle these short turnarounds very well, in fact they won at Wakefield on Easter Monday.
The Warriors also have an extra days rest having played Saints on Friday and may just get home in this. I certainly can’t see Trinity losing this by more than two scores though so the value has to be with the plus on the handicap.
Odds of 1/4 are short for a home win given their recent troubles but surely they’ll get the two points if they repeat their performance at Langtree Park on Thursday where they were unfortunate not to win.
You can get 7/2 for an away win but Trinity have had some poor away shows at the likes of Leeds and Warrington lately.
Super League is back again on Friday, please as always gamble responsibly.