Leigh Centurions (@1.5) vs Featherstone Rovers (@2.8)

Our Prediction:

Leigh Centurions will win

Leigh Centurions – Featherstone Rovers Match Prediction | 15-09-2019 13:30

The Featherstone Rovers host Leigh Centurions looking to get a first win in the Super 8s Qualifiers. Leigh have struggled in their first season in the BetFred Super League and will be keen to preserve their status for another year. Featherstone meanwhile, had a solid season in the Kingstone Press Championship finishing fourth and will be hoping to earn the first season in rugby leagues top tier. Our Featherstone Rovers vs Leigh Centurions preview features two sides with very different modus operandi coming into this match.

Looking ahead to the match itself here are our Super 8s betting tips. In addition, Leigh should run out comfortable winners so the handicap bet of -12 looks great value at even money again with Betway, who beat most of their rivals who are offering 10/11 for the same bet. Clear favourites Leigh are 2/7 with bookmakers Betway. For example, Betfair are offering 1/6 and 10Bet 2/9 for the same result, both offering considerably less value than Betway. They are the obvious choice to lay your money with because they are offering the best value on the Centurions win.

Therell be a very interesting one-on-one contest this Sunday, should the lineups from round four stay the same. McNally and Sharp are always high in the end-of-season try-scoring ranks but both are versatile in their ways, and the defence they both put on show also gives the fans on the terraces a lift. Gregg McNally has proved hes one of, if not, the best full-back in the Championship over recent seasons and the Cumbrian-born Centurion is just one of the many reasons why Leigh were such a monumental success last season. A strong runner and can leap like a salmon to catch bombs that are put up by the half-backs, Sharp is pretty much a fans favourite at Post Office Road. If heavy winds hit West Yorkshire this weekend, bombs will be put up to try and force errors so whoever handles themselves the best will give their team a composed feel for the ensuing set. In the Rovers camp, Will Sharp usually plays his trade at winger but hes also a very useful full-back too.

The victory was on the back of a remarkable performance from scrum-half Dane Chisholm, who ended the match with a try and three conversions that proved the difference in a game that finished with just a four-point margin. The Rovers most recently claimed a tight win over Leigh that moved them into fourth position and set a platform for a finals charge.

Featherstone Rovers vs Leigh Centurions Betting Tips and Preview

Leigh head into the match as massive favourites, not only because of their Super League status but also because of their dominance over Featherstone in recent seasons. They knew the first season was going to be tough, and with difficult games at home in the playoffs, a big win on the road is a definite must win. Before we get to our Super 8s Odds, we first look at how the game should play out.

The half-time score read 12-6 to Featherstone, but theyd have to wait a while for their next try of the game. Steve Tyrer scored the first points of the game for Richard Marshalls side on the half an hour mark, pouncing on a blunder from Rovers utility back Jy Hitchcox. Featherstone battled their way to a victory in round four, overcoming West Yorkshire rivals Halifax 24-12 at The Shay. After an hour of play, Andy Hays side extended their lead courtesy of Andy Ellis. A two score lead would not be relinquished by the visitors, despite Mitch Cahalane bursting over the try line for Fax with five minutes to play. Things started well for the visitors, scoring two tries in the opening quarter of the match. It was a test for Rovers but they came through it with the win, and that should stand them in good stead for the challenge of Leigh this weekend. In-between the scores, Halifax full-back Miles Greenwood suffered an horrific leg break and we send our best wishes over to Miles for a speedy recovery. The two points were signed, sealed and delivered to the Big Fellas Stadium when dual-registered Joe Arundel crossed in the dying embers. Paul Sykes got the ball rolling on the fourth minute, then dual-registered winger Tom Johnstone rose highest to collect a Gareth Moore bomb.

Second and fifth spots in the standings are currently separated by just one game, meaning every game is a must win for those jostling for position at the business end of the table. Toulouses loss to Bradford last weekend saw them concede second place to York City Knights and Featherstone could jump the French side into third with an upset victory over Toronto.

Soon after the restart, Kay had brought up his hat-trick thanks to good work from his partner down the left side, Tom Armstrong. A 54-18 win against Paul Cookes side was thoroughly deserved as the champions free-flowing rugby came to the fore once more. Leigh travelled to the Keepmoat Stadium last weekend, hoping to avenge their only league defeat of 2014 which came against Doncaster. Avenge it they did, and they did it in style. The try scoring continued on half an hour through Liam Kay, who scored his first of four in the tie. But Donny replied four minutes after Kays score with Mike Emmett barreling his way over the line. At half-time, the Centurions were 26-6 up and they didnt have to wait long for that to be improved upon. Three tries in the first 20 minutes for Paul Rowleys men set the tone for the match as Ryan Brierley, Sam Barlow and Gregg McNally all went over the whitewash. Former Sheffield centre Tom Armstrong planted the ball over the try line which concluded a very satisfying day at the office for Leigh. By the end of the match Martyn Ridyard had converted seven out of Leighs ten tries, and he got on the scoresheet himself after Sam Hopkins and McNally laid the foundations. Kays last four pointer for the day came on the 56th minute as he got the better of opposite number Sam Doherty. In-between Kays early second half double-salvo, Emmett recorded his brace for the hosts as he made his way over from close range. Doherty made amends for missing the tackle that led to Kays fourth when the Dons winger went over with 13 minutes left of the match but there was room for another score for the visitors.

Brian McDermott has begun to settle on what looks to be his best side in recent weeks. The likes of Liam Kay, Ricky Leutele and Gareth OBrien in red-hot point scoring form while Anthony Mullally, Gadwin Springer several others have been rock-solid in defense. Both squads will be quite different for the 2019 installment of what is becoming an exciting rivalry between the two sides.

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The Rovers have publicly challenged the Centurions to bring more fans to the game than what Bradford Bulls did in round three. Featherstone Rovers welcome Leigh Centurions to the Big Fellas Stadium at the weekend, in what is one of Nothing But Leagues highlight matches of round five. The game is set to be played in front of a packed crowd in West Yorkshire, and its certainly one not to miss!

Featherstone head into the game on the back of three defeats in their final five games, beating Batley Bulldogs and Oldham, before losing to Halifax and Toulouse. Before we look at our Featherstone Rovers vs Leigh Centurions free betting tips, we first look at the recent form of the two sides. Leigh also had a difficult run of form, losing four on the bounce before ending their season on a high, with a 25-0 win over Salford.

Centurions form dipped remarkably when Higham was forced to watch from the sidelines due to injury, but his return for the final few games saw them gain some much-needed momentum. The 24-year-old has scored 15 tries so far this season, since his move from Wakefield Trinity Wildcats. With tough games at home, Featherstone will be reliant on Josh Hardcastle to do the business for the hosts. Looking ahead to our Featherstone Rovers vs Leigh Centurions prediction, we first look at the key men for both sides. Leigh meanwhile will be looking towards experience to keep them in the Super League and there few more experienced than veteran hooker Micky Higham.