A busy night of Rugby League on Star Wars day and Sky have chosen the game at Headingley between Leeds and Warrington to cover live.
This is a game crucial to both sides as they aim to keep in touch with leaders St Helens. Also it could go a way to deciding which one of these finishes in the top 4 at the split to guarantee the extra home game.
This game is bound to be close as 5 of Leeds last 6 games have been decided by 2 points or less. This is reflected in the odds as bookies make Leeds conceding only a 4 point start on the handicap
Warrington have exceeded expectations this year and sit 3rd in the table having won their last 7. Those wins though were largely against teams at the bottom end of the table and this will be a truer test of how they currently sit.
The signing of Josh Charnley has given the club a real lift and he has also helped to improve the form of Ryan Atkins. They did win at Castleford, but very wet conditions made the game a lottery.
Leeds have already lost at home to Wigan and Castleford in recent weeks both only by a point, and I do think Wire can add to that in a very close game.
They sit ahead of Leeds in the table and whilst 6/4 is good value for an away win you can get even money for the Wolves with a 4 point start on the handicap, and given there is unlikely to be more than a try in this that has to be the value.
Rhino backers can get around 8/11 for a home win or even money conceding a 4 point start.
Charnley has been scoring tries for fun since his return and is my 1st try pick at around 8/1.
Daryl Clark has been finding his old Castleford form and is one of the main reasons for the Wire revival and he would be my man of the match pick alongside his opposite number Matt Parcell. The battle between them will go along way to deciding this game.
2 other games tonight Wigan’s home form should see them covering the big 22 point handicap against Salford. Fans looking for a shock could get 10/1 for an away win if you shop around.
Huddersfield concede a 4 point start at home to Widnes and it’s hard to put faith in either of these sides who look destined for the middle 8’s.
It’s 4/7 for a home win and around 6/4 for the Vikings, if pushed would maybe just fancy a home win, but not by much.
Cup next week, may the 4th be with you, as always please gamble responsibly.