Leeds v St Helens: Saints well priced to do double over Rhinos

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Leeds and Saints meet at Headingley for one of Super League’s most eagerly awaited fixtures and the hosts are 4/9 to score a win on their own patch.

The Rhinos will be looking to bounce back from the news that full-back Brent Webb has opted to play elsewhere next season, and they will be looking to leapfrog their opponents who currently hold a one point advantage over the Yorkshire outfit.

St Helens will go into the meeting full of confidence and priced temptingly at 15/8 to record another win after they inflicted a 46-6 defeat on Brian McDermott’s men when they met on the first day of the season at Langtree Park.

The drubbing handed out by Saints was the heaviest Leeds have suffered under McDermott’s stewardship, and having scored 40 or more points in two of the last three meetings with the Rhinos, Mike Rush’s team will give the home defence a real workout.

Despite the draw being the rarest of outcomes,with only three so far this season, there may well be a market for it here.

These two sides are very evenly matched, both have won four of their last five and both have seven wins to their name this term.

Saints have already been involved in a share of the spoils this year, this also occurred in Yorkshire when they were held to a draw at Hull KR, so at 20/1 a stalemate may well be worth a punt.

With the game set to be a tight affair getting behind it being all-square at half-time with a Leeds victory at 20/1, or the sides to be level after 40 minutes but with a St Helens victory at 28/1, are both tempting propositions.

The last time Saints travelled to Headingley in a regular season fixture they won by 14 points, so backing them to win despite giving up a 10 point handicap at 5/1 should also draw some attention.

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Aaron Cox

Aaron has written for a number of top-level publications, including FourFourTwo and the Manchester Evening News. As well as being a fanatical Rochdale AFC fan and blogger, he shares a passion for rugby league and golf.