Top of the table clash as Wigan take on Leeds in Super League
With the end of season play-offs getting ever closer in the Super League, arguably the game of round 26 involves two teams that could battle it out in the grand final.
Having already won the Challenge Cup, the Rhinos are chasing more silverware and are 3/1 to win what would be their sixth Grand Final trophy in eight years, while last season’s winners Wigan are 2/1 favourites.
These two teams go head-to-head, with the Warriors one point ahead of the Rhinos in the Super League. It is unlikely either club will claim the league leaders shield, with St Helens three points ahead of Warrington on 38 points at the top. However, now it is about momentum, and historically the club that goes into the play-offs with a good run of form ends up as the competition winner.
Wigan are odds-on at 1/2 to win the match, and in rugby league terms it will be a bruiser. The West Yorkshire team are outsiders at 13/8 and despite beating their Lancashire opponents at the DW Stadium last September, 20-6 the Warriors secured a 20-16 win at Headingley in May.
Leeds will be aiming to get back on track after losing their last three matches. While two of those games were sandwiched in between Challenge Cup displays, with key players rested, they also suffered a post cup final hangover, losing by one point away at table-toppers St Helens last time out.
Liam Sutcliffe opened the scoring against Saints, which proved to be the Rhinos’ only try of the match. He is 5/2 to cross the whitewash anytime. Wigan, meanwhile, will be aiming to bounce back from their disappointing defeat against rivals Widnes, though Josh Charnley is in a rich vein of form at the minute, having added another four points to his tally this season.
He is respectable at 6/1 to breach the in-goal area for the maiden try of the match, and make it 18 for the campaign. Don’t rule out prolific Leeds winger Ryan Hall, however, who is 7/1 in the same market.