Super League Betting Tips: Rhinos unlikely to crash on a bumper Friday

Leeds Rhinos Director of Rugby Kevin Sinfield
It's all smiles for Leeds Rhinos fans and Kevin Sinfield at present

It's a fantastic night of Super League action on Friday and Phil Spink has the best bets...

"There is an air of optimism around Headingley for the first time in a while"

Improving Rhinos set for more crucial points

Leeds Rhinos vs Hull Kingston Rovers
Friday July 12, 19:45 BST
Live on Sky Sports Arena

Friday's televised game is a massive clash at the bottom of the table and the improving Leeds Rhinos can take another step towards safety with a third straight win.

The Rhinos soaked up everything Castleford had to throw at them last week before running out deserved 18-10 winners in what was a rare victory for them at the Jungle. That came on the back of a 31-12 success at home to Catalans and there is an air of optimism around Headingley for the first time in a while.

Rovers are just two points behind their hosts in the table but the buoyant mood following the appointment of Tony Smith as coach has quickly gone a bit flat and they were hammered 52-10 at Wigan last week, the fifth time this season they've shipped more than 40 points in a game. They put 45 past Leeds themselves at Craven Park in April but went down 28-24 in the rematch at Headingley just three weeks later.

Smith's side could feature no less than six ex-Leeds players, while Shaun Lunt, who was involved in the swap deal with fellow hooker Matt Parcell, could make a belated second debut for the Rhinos.
Lunt, a Grand Final winner with the Rhinos in 2012, is no stranger to the tryline, despite usually coming off the bench, and is worth backing to make an immediate impact against his old teammates with a four-pointer to help Leeds to victory.

Castleford Tigers coach Daryl Powell.jpg

Tigers set for lucky 13

Wakefield Trinity vs. Castleford Tigers
Friday July 12, 19:45 BST

Castleford Tigers can make it a remarkable thirteen wins in a row against Wakefield Trinity when they make the short trip to the Mobile Rocket Stadium.

You have to go back to the opening round of the 2015 season for Wakefield's last success over their local rivals and they find themselves in the wrong half of the table after a rotten run of six defeats in seven league matches. They were never in it when going down 44-10 at Catalans on Saturday in a game played in temperatures in the mid-30s and that will have taken plenty out of them. David Fifita has joined the Trinity injury list, though Danny Brough could start, with the pectoral injury he suffered in France not thought to be as serious as initially feared.

Castleford Tigers dropped out of the play-off places following the Leeds defeat, their eleventh of the campaign, but had previously run in eight tries in an impressive 42-10 win over London and should waste little time getting back to that sort of form. Brilliant halfback Jake Trueman and Tuoyo Egodo, who scored three of those tries between them, are both back in Daryl Powell's side having missed last week's match.

It was 28-26 in the corresponding fixture at the Jungle at Easter with Wakefield just falling short after mounting a tremendous fightback in the second half. Castleford are asked to cover that same margin of two on the handicap this time and look up to the task.

Devils topscorer well worth a punt

Warrington Wolves vs. Salford Red Devils
Friday July 12, 19:45 BST

Second-placed Warrington are seeking their sixteenth league win of the season when Salford come to town but will need to be on their guard.

The Wolves are asked to cover fourteen on the handicap and that doesn't make great appeal given their opponents have already done a number on them this year with a huge 36-12 win on their last visit to the Halliwell Jones at Easter. Successive defeats to Wigan and Huddersfield have seen Salford inch nearer to the relegation battle but they have enough quality to retain their Super League status even if plenty of their talent has been plundered by others for 2020.

One of their stars this season has been fullback Niall Evalds. The number 1 has been a revelation with 17 tries and sits just one behind Warrington's Blake Austin in the leading scorers chart. 9 of those four-pointers have come in away games and he's crossed at Huddersfield, Catalans, Wakefield, London, St Helens and Hull. He wasn't among the scorers in that Easter win but needs backing to add Warrington to that list at the second time of asking at a generous-looking 13/8.

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