Super League Round 10: Rhinos to lose again?
Super League rugby is back again, hot on the heels of the hectic Easter period and our expert tipsters, Barrie McDermott and Terry O'Connor, preview the betting on the Round 10 fixtures.
Our Sky Sports pundits join William Hill's Tim Pakyurek and Lee Phelps to preview this weekend's Super League action. They throw up their Bets Of The Week for the Tipster Challenge and have a good rugby lads laugh along the way.
Each of the seven fixtures is discussed in depth including the two live games on Sky Sports television.
The battle of the under-achievers. Not a great sell for what is set to be an entertaining game nevertheless.
No matter how aware you were that Bradford might struggle to repeat past glories this season, no one could have predicted they would lie third from bottom with tonight's opponents, Warrington, one place below them at this stage of the season. Warrington have failed to live up to their potential for a few years now but never as dramatically as this.
Our pundits are well and truly divided - is that because of the unpredictability of both these teams? "Which Warrington team will turn up?" asks Barrie, revealing that he has clearly spent too long in Yorkshire as he declares he won't be parting with any money on this game - but if he were it would be on Warrington.
His old Great Britain front-row colleague agrees and plumps for Warrington with an eight-point head-start, a handicap not actually available with William Hill despite their offering of five different spreads to choose from.
Tim argues that there is only one Warrington side, the one that has only managed two victories in nearly 20 Super League games this season and last, and one of those was against the Celtic Crusaders. "Bradford by double figures," is his call so he must be on the 13/10 Bradford (-10).
One thing's for sure, these teams have conceded 24 and 30 points per game respectively this season - there will be a lot of points scored tonight.
From the second and third bottom to a clash between the second and third in the Super League on Saturday and no-one, apart from Terry O'Connor in last week's podcast, would have predicted that Huddersfield would be above Leeds ahead of this game.
But the Giants are in second thanks to two victories over Easter and Leeds' shock defeat at the hands of improving Salford.
Is there something wrong at Headingley at the moment? Barrie, the Rhinos' Youth Development officer, gives us some insight into how the boys are feeling in the Leeds camp but plumps with his employers to stop their "sulking" and end their losing streak.
Terry thinks the Giants are on a roll and the home advantage will see them through and with a four-point start on the main handicap they're good bet which was nearly his Bet Of The Week.
Tim also goes with Huddersfield. The momentum is with the Giants while Leeds can't stop the downhill slide - he also reiterates what he said previously: Leeds have failed every test put in front of them this season, and this week's fixture is a tough one.
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