Super League betting tips: Rhinos eye play-offs
Preview and odds for the weekend’s matches
It is the final round of the regular season and Hull KR face Leeds Rhinos as they bid to confirm a play-off spot, so we look at the odds to find some Super League betting tips.
Friday’s live TV clash on Sky Sports promises to be a great battle with a post-season berth up for grabs, and we also take a look at two other important games in our latest Super League preview.
Leeds Rhinos v Hull KR (Friday, 7.45pm)
Leeds were walloped 40-6 at St Helens last week, having trailed 28-6 at the break, and will need to improve significantly if they are to beat Hull KR, who are fifth in the table and a place above the Rhinos.
The Rhinos’ season could be over if they lose to Hull KR, whom they face coming off their heaviest defeat of the season.
Leeds, who are 4/9 to win, have been inconsistent of late, but they did bounce back from defeat by Wakefield to win at Hull at the Magic Weekend, so they have a knack of putting disappointing defeats behind them.
Rob Lui and Konrad Hurrell are back for the Rhinos, but they are without Liam Sutcliffe, Luke Gale, Zane Tetevano, Jack Walker, Mikolaj Oledzki, Callum McLelland, King Vuniyayawa and Alex Mellor.
Hull KR coach Tony Smith has been forced to make two changes to his squad after losing Greg Minikin and Ryan Hall to season-ending injuries. Minikin suffered an ACL injury in last week’s win over Castleford, while Hall tore his deltoid in the same game.
A backline reshuffle sees Brad Takairangi, despite having a calf injury, moving into the centres, while Jimmy Keinhorst is likely to replace Hall on the wing.
Hull KR are 7/4 to win at Leeds and receive a boost with the news that Korbin Sims is set to make his comeback after missing the last four games with a lower leg injury.
Rovers are 4/5 in receipt of a 6.5-point start on the handicap in the Super League betting tips.
Wigan Warriors v Catalans Dragons (Friday, 7.45pm)
Wigan won’t move from fourth place in the table whatever the result of this clash against Catalans, who have secured top spot.
Catalans rested key players last weekend and so they expect to field a strong side, given they don’t play in the opening round of the play-offs. Catalans are 5/6 to win the clash.
Wigan coach Adrian Lam has made three changes to his provisional 21-man squad, with winger Liam Marshall, prop Brad Singleton and forward Morgan Smithies all rested.
Willie Isa (pictured above) returns after serving a four-game suspension, while veteran prop Tony Clubb and forward James McDonnell, recalled from a loan spell with Championship side York, are their replacements.
Wakefield Trinity v Hull FC (Friday, 7.45pm)
Hull FC suffered their eighth defeat in nine games on Saturday against Wigan Warriors, a game in which they failed to score a single point.
The Black and Whites are guaranteed eighth place in the table, regardless of the result. The only plus this season for Hull FC is that they won the derby clash, yet they will miss out on the Super League play-offs.
Co-captain Marc Sneyd will not travel after picking up a knock over the last few days and it means Marcus Walker comes into the fold.
Hull FC are 13/10 to win against a Wakefield side whose surprise loss to Leigh Centurions on Sunday means this is something of a dead rubber.
All odds and markets correct at the time of publication