The Jungle not a good hunting ground for Rhinos
Friday night's live rugby league on Sky sees the Leeds Rhinos travel the short distance to Castleford Tiger's Jungle stadium.
The Rhinos haven't won at the Wheldon Road ground since 2004, a slightly misleading fact as there have only been two games, but the 38-20 home victory last season was more of a shock then than if we were to see a repeat tonight.
Leeds have faltered throughout the season thus far, never really showing the flair and unity that has seen them win back-to-back Super League Grand Finals and be crowned World Champions. Their last outing against the Catalans Dragons on the Magic Weekend at Murrayfield was a marked improvement and they will be fresh and eager to register another victory having rested during last weekend's Challenge Cup action.
Many are predicting a humiliation of their local town rivals by the big boys of the City of Leeds, including our expert tipsters Barrie McDermott and Tim Pakyurek in the weekly William Hill Super League podcast. They both feel the handicap of eight points, as it was at the time of recording, will be easily overcome by the rejuvenated Rhinos.
The main handicap is now Leeds (-10) at 10/11 with a range of alternatives available. View the betting
Opposing them in the podcast is Terry O'Connor who knows how much beating the city slickers means for the town of Castleford. The Tigers will need to improve on the performance which saw them remain in the Cup by a Golden Point victory over Halifax.
While they've only won two games at home so far this season, history will give them hope. Despite Leeds having generally performed better in the last ten years of Super League, The Jungle has not been favourable to them. Of the 11 games each side have won five, Cas claiming the two most recent victories, with the remaining match drawn.
The Tigers are unlikely to record another 18-point winning margin, available at appropriately large odds of 33/1, but they could claw themselves to victory and win by a whisker on a wet and windy night in West Yorkshire. Castleford to win by 1-5 points can be backed at 13/2.
Rain is likely which is a shame both for the television audience and for the chances of another 60-point game, as occurred in the last two occurences of this fixture, but Over 46 points at 11/10 is still worth a flutter for the neutral viewer.