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Wolves 5/6 for first Super League win of 2017

Warrington Wolves 22-6 Widnes Vikings

There are five games tonight on a bumper night of Super League with the Sky cameras at the Halliwell Jones for the visit of Leeds.

Kevin Brown is out for Wire after getting injured in the draw against Hull last week whilst Ferres is banned for the Rhinos.

Leeds are slowly getting their season together and have now won 6 of their last 7 games,  the only defeat being the battering they got at Castleford last month. They seem to have put that behind them though as they are back in the top 4, albeit having played a game more.

Their away form is a little inconsistent , they have won 2 and lost 2 on the road so far and Warrington will have gained a lot of confidence from their come from behind draw against Hull 6 days ago, their first point of the season.

The Wolves 3 home games so far have been against Castleford, Wigan and Hull and for all Leeds have improved, I think they are still behind those 3 in squad strength.

Super League sponsors Betfred make Warrington marginal 5/6 favourites to win their first game of the season and whilst I think this could be as close as the odds suggest, I do think they can just get home.

The only time they have truly under-performed at home was the Wigan debacle and they will have gained a lot from a tremendous effort against a Hull side unbeaten on the road.

In fact the Wolves were unfortunate not to complete the comeback with a win as there  looked like there was going to be only one winner in the last 5 minutes.

Whilst they have turned Headingley into a fortress, Leeds have been less impressive away from home, we can’t read too much into a win against a poor Huddersfield and they were slightly fortunate in their other away win at Leigh.

It’s 11/10 for an away win if you fancy the Rhinos but you’d be safer taking the 2 point start on the handicap if that’s the case.

In a tense affair I think the hosts can get home by around 6-10 points as they look to get their season on track. Warrington tend to be strong at home and it’s only a matter of time before they put someone to the sword.

The returning Lineham and Hall head the first try lists at 13/2, hat-trick hero from last week Matty Russell looks better value at 7/1, as does last week’s 2 try hero Kallum Watkins at 9/1.

Don’t forget Betfred double your first try odds if your player goes on to score a second try, please check T&C’s.

Finally the man of the match, 5 players share favouritism at about 10/1: Patton, Ratchford, Clark, Burrow and Gidley; but in what could be a big battle up front I’d just favour 14/1 Chris Hill.

As for the Rhinos, Cuthbertson seems to be getting back to his 2015 form and looks overpriced at 25/1 and I just favour him to 11/1 Matt Parcell.

Elsewhere, Widnes get a 10 point start on the handicap for their trip to Wakefield. You’d expect Trinity to be a bit fatigued after a great win in France, so maybe injury hit Widnes can score enough points to stay inside that, especially after a great win at Leigh last week.

Wakefield are very short at 1/3 to win here given their travels but they should win, if you think the Vikings can get back-to-back away wins you can get around 5/2.

Huddersfield get a 14 point start on the handicap for their trip to St Helens. I don’t expect the Giants to pull off a shock win at odds of 7/2 but they can maybe stay inside the handicap against a Saints side that are in no kind of real form.

The Red Devils will fancy their chances at the KCOM given their tremendous run of results which has seen them have impressive wins over Castleford and St Helens.

You certainly can’t rule out an away win but 7/4 it is a little bit short for me.

2/5 is also short for FC who have struggled in the second half of games over the last 2 weeks, but they may just get home but I can’t see more than a try in what should be an entertaining game.

Widnes and Warrington kick-off the Easter programme on Thursday next week.

As always, please gamble responsibly.

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