Super League Magic Weekend Betting Tips

Salford set for sweet revenge

Salford Red Devils vs. Hull Kingston Rovers
Sunday May 26, 13:00 BST
Live on Sky Sports Arena

Sunday's action at Anfield kicks off with Salford Red Devils taking on Hull Kingston Rovers.

It's a repeat of the Challenge Cup tie from a fortnight ago that saw Rovers pull off a bit of a shock with a 32-18 win in Salford's backyard, and their play-off seeking rivals will be in the mood for revenge.

The Devils have exceeded all expectations with a fine campaign and shrugged off that Cup defeat with a massive effort at St Helens last week, when only a last-minute try denied them a famous win against the runaway league leaders. They came through that unscathed, meaning the lethal pairing of Jackson Hastings and Robert Lui get the chance to cause some serious damage on the wide Anfield pitch.

The Robins are without a win in the league since beating fellow-strugglers Leeds Rhinos on April 4th and have conceded the most points, an average of 30 a game. They have three players back after last week's 30-22 defeat at Huddersfield in Shaun Lunt, Mose Masoe and Will Dagger.

With their Challenge Cup exit still fresh in the memory Salford could be set to dish out some punishment and should be backed to cover the handicap of eight. It should be a high-scoring game, not least in the second half, which seems sure to produce the most points.

Leeds to sink even lower?

Leeds Rhinos vs. London Broncos
Sunday May 26, 15:30 BST
Live on Sky Sports Arena

London Broncos coach Danny Ward.jpg

When the Magic Weekend fixtures were announced few would have expected this game to be the most important of the round, but here we are set for a huge relegation four-pointer between the eight-time Grand Final-winners Leeds and last year's surprise promotion heroes London Broncos.

Kevin Sinfield described the situation at Leeds as ‘rotten‘ before watching his side suffer a twelfth defeat in seventeen games in 2019 at the revamped Headingley last week. There has been little improvement from the Rhinos of late and that 30-8 loss to Castleford came hot on the heels of an embarrassing Challenge Cup-exit at Bradford.
Powerhouse centre Konrad Hurrell, one of the few shining lights in the blue and amber this season, is missing again, and only the very brave would be piling onto the 4/11 for a Leeds win in their current form.

Only an inferior points difference sees the Broncos bottom of the Super League table behind Hull KR and Leeds but Danny Ward (pictured)'s side will be in a buoyant mood ahead of their first Magic Weekend match since 2014 after ending an eight-game losing run last week when holding on against Wakefield, with Jordan Abdull scoring four times.

Their last win before that came against Leeds at Headingley in March, when two late tries saw them pull off a stunning 18-16 comeback having been ten points behind with five minutes left.
The Sportsbook's odds of 11/5 for the Broncos to repeat the feat in eighty-minutes in Liverpool will no doubt attract interest, but a bet on them on the handicap getting a start of eight is good enough for us.

Profit from the best

St Helens vs. Castleford Tigers
Sunday May 26, 18:00 BST
Live on Sky Sports Arena

St Helens coach Justin Holbrook.jpg

The best is saved until last, as table-toppers St Helens face Castleford Tigers.

St Helens have been by and far away the stand-out side in 2019, losing just once in sixteen matches (at Catalans) and opening up a six-point lead at the top of Super League under Justin Holbrook (pictured).

They were 30-16 down with twenty minutes to go against Salford last week but showed all their quality and composure to grab a last-gasp victory through James Bentley's try.

Their Magic Weekend record isn't great, but as the nearest club to Anfield they'll be certain of a big following, and since they were knocked out of the 2017 play-offs by Luke Gale's boot they've dished out beatings to Castleford by winning-margins of forty, eighteen, twenty-two, twenty-six and thirty. Captain James Roby is back in a near full-strength side.

Daryl Powell's Tigers have lost ground on the league leaders and were ending a four-match losing run with a straightforward 30-8 victory against a poor Leeds last week. They've won eight of their eleven games at the Magic Weekend, which offers them some hope, but not many of their performances this season have been good enough to think they'll cause a shock if an in-form Saints turn up.

Back St Helens to stamp their authority with a comfortable win on the handicap in what looks the bet of the weekend.

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