The pick of this weekend’s Super League matches is one of two games taking place on Friday night as the competition careers towards Easter and the busy period that comes with it. We’ve already seen Hull KR thrash Huddersfield this week but the standard should crank up a notch, in the main game at least.
We have the one match in front of the cameras on Friday evening with plenty of ways of keeping up to date with the other one. As always we will kick off the preview with the TV match.
St Helens vs Leeds Rhinos
The league leaders St Helens take on the champions Leeds Rhinos in the clash of the season so far at the Totally Wicked Stadium. Saints go into the match undefeated while Leeds’ only loss came immediately after the World Club Challenge when they were clearly jet-lagged so this is all set up to be an absolute barnstormer.
There is no doubt that St Helens look the real deal but we will find out just how strong their title credentials this season really are in this match. Leeds Rhinos notoriously play the big matches well and are at their best when they are written off and portrayed as the underdogs.
Saints are eight point favourites on the handicaps which is probably a couple of points too many but there isn’t a whole lot in it so I’m off to the other markets for a bet in this one with the total points the market of choice.
The line is at 42.5 which feels a little high anyway when no Leeds match this season has covered this total while St Helens are averaging less than 10pts per match against them so far this campaign. Both these sides are heavily defensively proficient so I don’t see either piling the points up. In a close match it is difficult to see both getting 20pts and in a one-sided affair 42.5pts is a lot. Throw the rain and tough conditions into the mix and the under looks the play.
Salford Red Devils vs Hull FC
Two sides who have not had the start to the season that they would have liked meet at the AJ Bell Stadium when the Salford Red Devils with one win from five matches host Hull FC who only have one more victory from the same number of games.
There were concerns over Salford going into the season and they have been proven to be for good reason and it is hard to see them winning here. Hull FC are much the better side although we have to acknowledge that they are without Albert Kelly among others and have just finished with Liam Watts so they are less than full strength. That could turn this one into a bit of a lottery so I’m not really interested in this one from a betting point of view.
Back St Helens vs Leeds Rhinos – Under 42.5pts for a 4/10 stake at 1.91 with Betfair
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