Rugby League Tips | 1st June 2018

Rugby League expert Andy Day has picked out his best bets from the Challenge Cup tonight as Leeds Rhinos host the Leigh Centurions of the Championship.

Leeds Rhinos v Leigh Centurions – Friday 19:35

Championship side Leigh face last years Super League Grand Final winners – and last years Challenge Cup Semi Finalists – the Leeds Rhinos on Friday evening. With nine wins in their last 10 games the Centurions will be looking to take that positive form going forward and cause a major upset.

The Rhinos have won just one of their last four games, in their last-16 tie against Widnes Vikings, however will be buoyed by return of stand-off Joel Moon, hooker Matt Parcell, back-rower Carl Ablett and prop Anthony Mullally.
Despite their poor run of form, the Rhinos have victories over St Helens and Hull FC on their record this season and will fancy their chances against a team the tier below.

The Verdict 

Despite having lost four of their last five games, Leeds still average a score of 18 points per game and in their victories over St Helens and Hull FC this season – top quality opposition – they have scored 28 and 20 points respectively.

I cannot see anything but a Leeds win here and despite last seasons encounters only being decided by an average of 5.5 points, the Rhinos have a great record in the Challenge Cup and an even better one against the Centurions – they have not lost to Leigh in the cup since their 1971 final defeat.

The fact this game is being played away from Leeds Headingley home will have no impact and the tightness of the pitch at the Featherstone ground may even be an advantage to the Rhinos. 188 Bets offer Leeds to win with a -13.5 point handicap looks maximum betting material.

Andy Day’s Best Bet

Leeds to win -13.5 handicap @ 10/11 (188 Bet) NAP