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Catalans Dragons v Leeds Rhinos Preview
The Catalans Dragons welcome the Leeds Rhinos to the South of France for what is often one of the most interesting matches of the Super League season.
The Dragons have one of the strongest squads in the competition and when of form they can be a match for everybody but they are also one of the most inconsistent teams in the competition and are often the team with the worst discipline.
That means that when you come up against them it is hard to prepare as you never know exactly what you are going to get but when you head down to the Mediterranean to takes on Les Dracs, you know that you will be in for a battle and that you will have to be fully focussed and at your best.
For what is always a unique experience for players, one club who have consistently shown over the last decade or so that they are fully professional in their preparations and that they are always fully focussed are the Rhinos.
With so much quality on both sides of the field we could be all set for a blockbuster match up and one that will have a massive say on the season going forward for these 2.
Catalans are In good form with 3 wins and just the 1 loss so far this season.
Leeds have won each of their last 4 matches and 4 from 5 overall coming into this one.
The Dragons are without the inform Sam Tomkins whilst Leeds welcome back Tom Briscoe.
The Stade Gilbert Brutus is the home of the Dragons and is one of the most recognisable stadiums in the competition.
With 1 main stand, 1 large end stand, 1 small stand that houses the most vocal fans and a swimming pool complex at the other end, the ground is completely different to what you would find across this side of the channel and that is to the advantage of the hosts.
The trip down to Perpignan is often a long one for teams and then you also have the change in temperature and playing conditions which often plays into the hands of the Dragons, so teams know that when they play away in France they are in for a tough time.
Unfortunately for the hosts, just as when they are playing well and they are winning matches there fans will get behind them and make things difficult for the opposition, if they struggle, they will quickly turn and make things difficult for the home side- all of which adds to the atmosphere and adds to the spectacle of the game.
Unfortunately due to the ongoing issues, the game will be played in front of an empty stadium.
Catalans Dragons v Leeds Rhinos Prediction
Here at RLBet, we give out predict for who we think will win and also what we think the winning margin will be but don’t forget that the unpredictable nature of the Super League, this should only be seen as our view.
This is a hugely difficult match to predict as whilst the Rhinos have looked much improved as a of late, it is still early in the season and of course you can never be sure of what you will get with the Dragons.
Without any fans present, it will be up to the players to get themselves up for the game and that will not be easy for elite athletes used to playing in front of large crowds.
We feel that this game will likely be in doubt throughout as both teams are so evenly matched so with that in mind we are going to back the Dragons for the win as playing at home is always a big advantage for them and it could prove the difference.
Score Prediction Catalans Dragons by 8