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Bookies Look for a Big Leeds Win
Posted by southstander on June 16 2005 - 21:38:42

Never has a Wigan side visited Headingley with such low expectations about their chances from their coach and supporters. Wigan have been given a twenty-two point start by the bookies and everyone can only see a home victory.

The Rhinos fortunes, and those of the Warriors seemed top have flipped since the start of Superleague with the Rhinos now in the ascendancy.

Having said that, the Warriors are now being coached by the man we all love to hate...Ian Millward. And that takes away any 'predictability'.

After last weeks demolition, nay humiliation, of the Wakefield Wildcats, the Rhinos return to Headingley looking for the two points against the old enemy. With Calderwoods departure looking more and more imminent by the day, Francis Cummins gets a call to the twenty man squad as a gentle reminder that the flying winger is replaceable.

Matt Diskin has started his comeback trail in tonights academy game, but he's still a few games away from re-introduction in the first team squad following a seven month recovery from injury. To be honest I'd expect the same seventeen as played last week at the ASS, with Smith, Scruton and Cummins being the ones to miss out.

The new Wigan coach must think he's 'jumped out of the frying pan and into the fire'. Orr and Dallas are the latest to be added to his injury list, and with more unfamiliar names in his seventeen it looks as though he may have already accepted defeat. Wigan have lost two on the bounce, both at home, to Hull and London and their prospects of making it an unprecedented three consective look strong.

Three Weeeganers to watch;


Barries Mate
SeuSeu

Youngster
Liam Colbon

Ouch!
Aspinwall

Wigan haven't won at Leeds since that 23-22 play-off win in 2003, and Leeds won comfortably at the JJB earlier in the season with a 38-14 victory crowned by a Senior Brace.

The forecast is for sunshine, and with a bumper crowd in prospect it looks like it should be a stormer. Probably better to be on the terraces than sweating on the pitch!

Southstander.com Prediction
Rhinos 42 12 Warriors

The bookies are giving Wigan an twenty-two point start, indicating that the game is all but over already. A Leeds win by 50+ points is 10/1 and it would be great if the Rhinos could run in another big score. Rob Burrow looks good value at 12/1 for first tryscorer, or for an outside bet, what about Ryan Bailey at 33/1?

Match report will be up on site on sunday afternoon as I'm otherwise engaged on saturday night.

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