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Best rugby league betting, tips and analysis for Betfred Super League action between Castleford Tigers and Wakefield Trinity and Toulouse Olympique v Hull FC on Friday.
where to watch
Sky Sports Arena, 8 p.m. Friday
Wakefield +12 8 p.m.
2pts Evs bet365, Betfred, Hills
Toulouse Olympic -2 7 p.m.
2pts Evs bet365
Presentations of Friday’s matches
When it comes to Betfred’s Super League derbies, Castleford v Wakefield has been one of the most one-sided local rivalries of recent times.
It’s been seven years and 17 games since Wakey beat neighbors Yorkshire and, worryingly, the Tigers are preparing for Friday’s final fight in top form.
Classy Cas have won five of their last six games and have scored 101 points in their last three, including 46 against Hull FC last week and 35 the week before against Warrington.
Their impressive form lifted them to fifth in the standings, meaning the Tigers are on course to qualify for the season-ending playoffs. And Lee Radford’s men should solidify their claims with another victory on Friday, although they may not have things their way.
Wakey is fighting for his life in the Super League after Toulouse’s recent revival saw the French side overtake Trinity, who are now at the bottom of the points difference.
However, last week’s golden point loss to St Helens and a 15-10 loss to Hull KR the previous week suggest Willie Poching’s men will not give up their top-flight status without a fight, and a starting from 12 points on the handicap promises to be generous.
Trinity led the Saints 10-0 at halftime last week and they led KR 4-0 seven days earlier. Abandoning leads is costing them dearly, but it shows that Wakey is at least starting matches with the required intent.
Their last three trips to the jungle have resulted in losses of seven, 17 and two points and they are unlikely to challenge themselves.
The fight, however, appears to have slipped out of Hull FC, which is in a tailspin after a series of dismal results.
The Blacks and Whites have shipped 196 points in their last four matches and 36 tries in passing.
Hull’s implosion is becoming an annual event and it’s easy to see them wilting in the South of France heat with confidence at rock bottom after last week’s 46-18 home loss to Cas, which followed a sticking 60-0. in Wigan.
The reborn Toulousans are on the verge of a great escape after being six points behind just a few weeks ago, and they are in the rare position of starting a game as favourites.
The Olympic revival has seen them win three of their last four games and they can take another step to safety on Friday night.
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FIRST PUBLICATION AT 12:40 PM, JULY 28, 2022