Carry on like they are, and Leigh could very well lean on their home form to escape a place in the bottom four, with Warrington the latest side to struggle against the newcomers away. Wire have struggled all season in the league though, with their only win coming in the World Club Series against Brisbane, leading to zero points from their opening five Super League games.
There's a two horse race emerging between Castleford and Wigan for top spot, which is fitting during Cheltenham week, with Hull FC and Leeds keeping touching distance in the spaces behind thus far. Widnes are rivalling the Wolves for the wooden spoon with an all-Cheshire bottom two emerging, and Saints will be hoping to get their season back up and running in France, with a hot and cold Catalan side reassuringly unpredictable, as always.
- Leeds Rhinos vs Wakefield Trinity
Friday 17th March, 20:00
Live on SkySports
Despite losing Brad Singleton for six games for an off-the-ball misdemeanour against Catalan last week, this has been the happiest the Rhinos have been for a while. Their performances against the Dragons, far more than just the result, was a perfect way to respond to their historic pummelling at the hands of Cas, which could've easily sparked a poor run of form. With get more first team players returning, this could be the start of a good stretch for Leeds, who know that all won't be well at Headingley if they allow the standard to dip again anytime soon.
Wakefield, meanwhile, will be fairly happy themselves with how life is going under Chris Chester, who's taken the free flowing rugby that made his Hull KR side so attractive to watch back to his hometown club. Having recruited well and built solid foundations, there's a positivity about Trinity that hasn't been present for some time, and they won't be afraid of playing Leeds as a result.
With both sides in such good spirits, this could be bit of a try-fest, but the weather in West Yorkshire might have something to say about the standard with the wind and rain holds up in to the evening. At home, this Leeds side should win, but it might not be as easily as they'd expect. Wakefield have what it takes to stick with the Rhinos, but expect the Headingley faithful to pull them over the finish line when it matters the most.
Recommended Bet: Leeds Rhinos to beat Wakefield Trinity by 1-12pts @ 2/1
- Hull FC vs Widnes Vikings
Friday 17th March, 20:00
When we backed Widnes to finish bottom of the league, we'd thought there'd be growing pains, but we didn't expect them to be quite this bad. Despite playing in some close run battles, they've just one point to their name through four, with a draw against Catalan their only reprieve. Key players are missing and, as funny as the Vikings fans are finding it that their former captain left them for local rivals and currently winless Warrington in the off-season sighting the chance to win trophies, Kevin Brown is exactly the type of player they could do with right now.
Hull, meanwhile, have shaken off a questionable start and have begun to find their groove, despite Hull City manager Marco Silva taking public umbrage with their shared use of the KCOM Stadium, suggesting the two teams might have to come to a new arrangement. The way they've played the past few seasons, he'll have some job on his hands attempting to persuade Lee Radford to take his side elsewhere, especially if the conversation turns to who stands the better chance of silverware.
These two might both wear black and white, but that's where the similarities end this season. Hull win this at half pace if they approach it with the right mindset, and they should use it as an early opportunity to run up their points difference.
Recommended Bet: Hull FC to beat Widnes Vikings by 31-40pts @ 9/2
- Catalan Dragons vs St Helens
Saturday 18th March, 17:00
Live on SkySports
It's been a funny sort of season for these two. Both have shown some signs of coming to life but, ultimately, it's been a little flat. There's no doubt the Dragons will be the happier of the two clubs, but it's not as if they've set the world on fire, especially having gone down away at Leeds in such a pathetic manner.
Saints too, with all the questions over the future of head coach Kieron Cunningham arising, will be desperate to add to their only win of the season, which came in a low scoring affair on the opening night against the Rhinos at home. Catalan are, if history tells us anything, a far better side at home than they are away, so the Dragons can take heart from that. Richie Myler and Greg Bird have started the season particularly well, and ex-Saints halfback Luke Walsh won't be short of motivation against the side who let him go in the off-season.
Saints don't look like turning themselves around anytime soon, so Catalan might sense blood against a wounded animal of a team and go for the jugular. It's hard enough away in France at the best of times, and that's only made worse by bad form. Back the home side to win, and to win big.
Recommended Bet: Catalan Dragons to beat St Helens by +13pts @ 17/10