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Stuart Dalgleish 17th Feb 2011 - 17:51

Can the Rhinos roar back again?

Hull FC v Leeds Rhinos betting preview - Friday 20:00 live on Sky Sports 1

From the Millennium Stadium to the KC Stadium, the Super League is back to more familiar ground this week for the second round of fixtures.

The Rhinos (4/9) will be hoping to take the momentum from Wales to Hull (13/8, draw 18/1) though as they aim for back-to-back wins to open up the campaign with.

What Leeds won't want though is the need to fight back from such a deficit as they did against Bradford, Brian McDermott's team looked dead and buried at 28-10 before mounting a phenomenal comeback to take it 28-32.

If history does repeat itself though, you can take advantage of our fantastic Match Winner offer - Leeds to win the match from being 12 or more points behind.

Hull, of course, were involved in a come-from-behind match themselves at Millennium Magic as they blew a 14-0 lead against rivals KR before eventually losing 22-34, and they won't want reminding that in last season's fixture with the Rhinos they also surrendered a lead, this time 12-0.

The omens are there for this special bet to come in, and at 7/1 it's definitely worth a few quid.

Hull will put new half-back Sam Obst (20/1 first try, 2/1 anytime) straight into the squad after he signed from Wakefield, in place of Liam Cunningham, and Lee Radford (33/1 first, 10/3 any) should be available to start after his try in Cardiff last week.

Kirk Yeaman bagged two tries last time out and he's a 12/1 chance to go over first, 11/10 to pounce at any time.

Rhinos will finally be able to call upon the services of Weller Hauraki (20/1 first, 2/1 any) after the New Zealander got his Visa sorted, the former Crusaders man was excellent in his debut Super League campaign, scoring 11 tries as the Welsh outfit reached the play-offs for the first time.

The second-rower will come in to the team at the expense of injured Ali Lauititi.

Leeds are still without their long-term absentees Jamie Peacock and Danny McGuire, but they should still have enough in the bag to come away with the points in this one.

I would take the 10/11 on Leeds -6 in the handicap market (Hull the same price +6, draw is 16/1), but I'd also have a look at some of our alternative handicap markets, if you think Leeds can really make a statement at the KC then -10 at 13/10 could be a snip, also meaning Leeds by 11-15 in the winning margins at 6/1 looks tempting indeed.

With six straight Super League wins over Hull, and a Challenge Cup success last season to boot, I really can't see how the Arlie Birds are going to get anything from this game, even with a raucous crowd behind them.



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