Rugby League Tipster @MartinBurns17 #winners
Thursday 28th March
Leeds v Bradford 20.00
London v Catalan 20.00
Saturday 29th March
Wigan v St Helens 12.15
Hull v Hull KR 14.45
Salford v Huddersfield 15.00
Widnes v Warrington 15.00
Castleford v Wakefield 20.00
Rugby League Tipster @MartinBurns17 #winners
Leeds v Bradford: Leeds due to the UK’s poor weather didn’t have a game last weekend and with a tough week coming up they will be fresh for this local derby and the Easter period will take its toll on most teams but I can’t see it effecting the Rhinos here. Bradford were in France last weekend and would of wished for an easy home coming but derbies are what makes rugby league and all players will be fired up for this one but Leeds come into this game healthier than Bradford so will start worthy favorites. It’s a derby though and anything can happen, it’s going to be a very cold night in Leeds and any free flowing rugby will be put aside and this will be a good old fashioned blood bath. Leeds have the meanest defence in Super League and other than a disappointing display against Huddersfield, Leeds have been good at home and beat Wigan last time out, Bradford were beaten well in the end last weekend and come to the reigning champions in half decent form, lying 6th in Super League, Bradford have started 2013 well and have been competitive, this one is going to be a close fought encounter but i think Leeds will just have enough to get the 2 points.
Bet Advised: Bradford +14 @ 10/11 Winner
London v Catalan: London have not won in front of their own fans so far this season and have fared much better away from home, so the visit of Catalan gives them a chance to put that stat to bed. Catalan are unbeaten in France but once they cross the channel things start to work against them. With a 2/2 record on the road the Dragons will go into this game with plenty of confidence having only lost to Warrington and Wigan, the Dragons boast an impressive record in 2013 and should have well enough firepower to over come a very average London Broncos. This game has been switched to Esher Rugby Union ground as the twickenham stoop was deemed unplayable after last weekends 18-18 draw with Hull FC. London welcome back captain Craig Gower to the fold but will be without Michael Robertson for around a month due to injury, Catalan will keep faith with Morgan Escare at full back with Brent Webb still on the side lines and this game does look like a mismatch and I can only see the french outfit taking the spoils in this one.
Bet Advised: Catalan -8 @ 10/11 Loser
Wigan v St Helens: It’s good Friday again which means it’s good all derby day and what a way to start us off. Wigan v Saints, one of the better derbies you will see in Super League starts us off at the DW stadium and if last season is anything to go by this is be a cracker. St Helens have a perfect record on the road so far this season, going W3 L0 whilst Wigan hold a W3 D1 home record so something has to give in this one and I’ve covered all angles on this game this week and have come up with a few bets. Wigan have combated the loss of many stars this season with the likes of Matty Smith and Blake Green stepping up to the plate and its the injuries in the Saints team which has alerted me to back Wigan and the loss of James Roby, Jonny Lomax, Tony Puleutua and Lance Hohaia is a big loss in a game of this magnitude and crucial for betting purposes, the handicap was to short for me and the fact these games are always run closely hasn’t put me off backing Wigan and fully expect them to get the job done on good Friday.
Bet Advised: Wigan 13+ 8/5
Hull FC v Hull KR: It’s the final live game of the good Friday program and it’s another quality derby to round up a great day of rugby league. I’ll be up at 6am tomorrow morning watching 2 NRL games early doors, followed by 2 super league games, this is my best time for punting with 4 live games and hopefully the profits will start early doors tomorrow and carry on into Easter Monday with Leeds taking on Catalan over in France. Hull FC are a much better outfit in front of their own fans and Hull KR don’t really travel to well but have competed well against FC in previous years and if both Michael Dobson and Travis Burns are fit, I give Hull KR a little advantage in the halves with Daniel Holdsworth being injured you could see FC struggle to to get around the park, Shannon McDonnell is also out injured which means FC will have to shuffle around which going into a derby isn’t the best preparation. My only concern is Hull KRs inability to keep points out, they can score plenty of points but with Eden, Welham and Brown defensively they are a poor outfit and this one is going to be close, It all depends on who wins the arm wrestle early doors, FC seem to play for 65 minutes and fade badly and with Holdsworth out things could get tough for FC and I’m siding with KR to cover the handicap.
Bet Advised: Hull KR +6 @ 10/11 & Hull KR 1-12 @ 11/4
Salford v Huddersfield: Salford put in a spirited performance against Saints last time out and they can be encouraged by that but the weather played a massive part in the final result and they will need to perform again and some if they are to beat the Giants tomorrow afternoon. Huddersfield will be looking to get back to winning ways after losing to Warrington last weekend and form wise, playing Salford might be just what they need after 2 tough weeks against Hull FC and Warrington but i expect the Giants to get back to winning ways but can they cover the handicap set is another question. Salford have Lee Gaskell available after his switch from St Helens and he could well add some attacking flair to a much needed Salford outfit. Paul Anderson has recalled Anthony Mullally from his loan spell at Batley and he gets a run over this Easter period which will be tough for most teams. It’s a game I’m not getting involved with this weekend, there is plenty of live rugby to get involved with but ill go for a Giants win.
Bet Advised: No Bet
Widnes v Warrington: It’s a tough test for the Vikings over this busy Easter period and after getting dismantled by Wigan last weekend, they now face a Warrington side coming back into form. Widnes conceded 64 points against Wigan last week, Warrington have conceded the same amount of points in 5 matches which shows you the difference in class, Widnes will have Gareth Hock back after 2 weeks out but if Warrington come into this game all guns blazing they could well be out of reach by half time. The handicap is about right, Wigan were -26 at home so Warrington traveling to the Halton stadium and giving up 20 points is about spot on so, I’d be looking towards the HT handicap of Warrington -8 for my bet in this one, I think Warrington will get the job done and as I said earlier, If Warrington get into a 3 score lead they could blow Widnes away.
Bet Advised: Warrington -8 HT H’cap @ 10/11
Castleford v Wakefield: I’ve been with Castleford most of this season but nothing has gone right for them and they have one of the worst records in Super League this season and welcome another poor outfit in Wakefield who seem to be a one man team at this early stage. Castleford have the smallest squad in Super League and will be tested over this Easter period but after looking at the handicaps, Wakefield +4 seems a decent bet, but I’m looking towards the HT/FT market where Wakefield are 3/1. It’s a tough punting game this one and with no cameras about it’s not a massively important game to get involved with, both teams are in terrible form but if i had to side with one team it would be Wakefield getting a start, It’s not a massive bet but I’ll be backing Wakefield in a couple of markets for small stakes. Lets see how we got on early Friday to see if we’ve got any ammo for the late kick off.
Bet Advised: Wakefield HT/FT 3/1
MAX BET: Warrington -8 HT H’cap
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Value BET: Wakefield HT/FT @ 3/1