Super League betting tips: Round 9 preview
Preview and odds for this weekend’s matches
Super League action returns after a double-header in the Challenge Cup as clubs focus on climbing up the table for the end-of-season play-offs.
Huddersfield’s home clash with Wigan Warriors on Friday has been postponed after a coronavirus outbreak in the Giants camp, while Leeds Rhinos also have positive Covid-19 test results which has caused their televised match with St Helens to be re-arranged.
However, four matches are still set to go ahead and we look at odds for all of them in this week’s Super League betting tips.
Castleford Tigers v Hull FC (Thursday, 7.45pm)
Castleford will be brimming with confidence after battling past Warrington Wolves to reach the Challenge Cup final last weekend.
The Tigers, who are priced at 5/4 for back-to-back wins, have lost their last three league games but have been helped by the return of several key players from injury.
Hull enjoyed a positive start under Brett Hodgson but have lost three of their previous four matches, although they have only failed to beat Super League’s top four so far this season.
That is a good omen and Hull are 4/6 for victory, and their recent record of five triumphs in six head-to-head clashes with Castleford will give them a boost.
The Black and Whites have won four of those by over 12 points and it is 10/3 for a 11-20 winning margin.
Hull KR v Salford Red Devils (Friday, 7.45pm)
Hull KR have been in terrific home form, winning three in a row at Hull College Craven Park to climb up to sixth in the Super League table.
Winger Ryan Hall leads the try-scoring charts with 10 while Shaun Kenny-Dowall tops the offloading list and both can inspire Rovers to a 4/9 victory on Friday.
Salford are still trying to find their feet under Richard Marshall, having only beaten Championship side Widnes Vikings in the Challenge Cup and winless Leigh Centurions so far.
They are 7/4 to end their five-match losing streak but Hull KR look solid at the moment and have won their previous two home games by a margin of 20 or more points. The handicap is set at -5.5 points and is 4/5 to come in.
Warrington Wolves v Wakefield Trinity (Friday, 7.45pm)
Both sides come into the contest on the back of superb league form as Wakefield aim to make it four Super League wins in a row at the Halliwell Jones Stadium.
Trinity have rejuvenated their season after opening the campaign with seven straight defeats in all competitions but remain as outsiders at 10/3 for victory at the Wolves.
Warrington fell at the semi-final hurdle of the Challenge Cup last weekend and will be keen to bounce back with a win, priced at 2/9, to close the gap on St Helens and Wigan above them.
Steve Price’s side have the most potent attack in the competition, scoring 264 points in eight matches so far, and have won the last eight home matches against Wakefield.
Six of those have been by 10 or more points and they are valued at 5/6 to win by at least 13.
Leigh Centurions v Catalans Dragons (Saturday, 3pm)
Catalans can take advantage of St Helens and Wigan’s unavailability to climb to the Super League summit on their own with victory over winless Leigh.
The Dragons dispatched their co-leaders in their last two home matches to inflict the only defeats of their respective seasons, while Catalans have only lost to Warrington this campaign in both league and cup.
The Centurions, under the interim management of Kurt Haggerty, were unlucky not to claim their maiden win last time out at Wakefield but the French visitors are in a rich vein of form and are 5/6 to win by 17 or more points.
All odds and markets correct as of date of publication