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Harlequins, the shock league leaders and only team in the Engage Super League with a 100% record this season, look to extend their impressive start when they host 3rd placed Huddersfield at The Stoop.
Despite their great start to the season the hosts are still seen as underdogs for this match, it's 13/8 they can make it four wins from four. Huddersfield are priced at 4/9 whilst the draw is 18/1.
The odds for a Harlequins to win look particularly tempting giving that they beat Leeds by 36-26 last weekend at Headingley following up earlier wins against Catalan Dragons and the Crusaders. Luke Gale was the star man last week with a try and five kicks to send the London club to a shock win at odds of 6/1.
As part of our Match Winner for this match we have a special try scorer match bet between Gale and Huddersfield's David Hodgson. Hodgson was also amongst the tries last weekend going over twice in his side's 20-10 win over Hull. It's 5/2 Gale was score the most tries, 7/4 Hodgson whilst a tie between the two is an 11/10 shot.
Both teams will be full of confidence following their wins last weekend and that should hopefully lead to a closely fought game. William Hill give Harlequins a 6-point start on the popular handicap markets. It's 10/11 that Harlequins win with that extra points start, 10/11 for Huddersfield and 16/1 for a handicap tie (Huddersfield to win by exactly six points).
Harlequins started the season as rank outsiders to win this year's Grand Final at 125/1 and they were my personal tip to finish 13th in the regular season table. Their odds have been cut slightly and you can now back the London club at 80/1.
Huddersfield are many people's dark horses to have a good season and were 20/1 at the start of the campaign to finish top of the regular season table. With all the other top sides having dropped points their odds have been shaved to 14/1.
If you fancy a team to win well then the half-time/full-time markets can offer you some extra value. Harlequins are 3/1 to be winning at both half time and full time at 3/1 (13/8 for the match) whilst Huddersfield are 10/11 (4/9).
Looking at some of the other markets we have a special bet on whether the first try referred to the video referee will stand or be disallowed. It's 8/11 the decision will be Try and Evens for No Try.
Overall, I think Harlequins provide good value and I would back them on the half-time/full-time market at 3/1 and the 80 minute market at 13/8.
These two sides come into Saturday's live Sky encounter on the back of contrasting results last weekend. Warrington were impressive winners away at St Helens last time out whilst Leeds suffered a shock home defeat at the hands of Harlequins.
That form is reflected in the odds for this clash at the Halliwell Jones stadium. Warrington are 4/9 for a home win, Leeds are 13/8 whilst the draw is 18/1.
Joel Monaghan has been impressive for Warrington since his move from Canberra Raiders. He was instrumental in their win over St Helens and as part of our Match Winner offer for this match we've enhanced the price on him to score a try at anytime and Warrington to be leading at half-time and go on to win the match to 7/4.
Warrington's win at St Helens end a run of 22 successive losses to their rivals and could spell a changing of the guard at the top of the Super League table. They are now seen as 4/1 joint second favourites to lift the Grand Final trophy in October.
The display last week will give their backers plenty of hope, they were leading 18-0 at half-time and managed to hold off the inevitable St Helens rally in the second half.
Leeds meanwhile are likely to be licking their wounds following their dismal display against Harlequins. They were 1/12 to win that game but went down by ten points and will need to put in a much better display if they're to get back to winning ways.
Despite that defeat they are still seen as contenders for the title, they remain on 9/2, the price they were at the start of the season.
In the handicap market for this match Leeds are given a six point start. It's 10/11 for Leeds to win with the extra point start, 10/11 Warrington, the handicap tie is 16/1.
I think home advantage should help Warrington to a comfortable win and I would back them on handicap market (-6) at odds of 10/11.
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