Leeds Rhinos get the defence of their Super League title underway on Friday evening as they host Hull FC.
The Rhinos surprised a few with their Super League success last season as they only finished in fourth position in the table. However, when it came to the play-offs, they showed everyone just who good they are and now, will be looking to get this campaign off to a flyer.
Betting on a win for the home side might be popular and it is safe to say they are the big favourites with the bookmakers as they are currently at 4/11 with Stan James to come out on top.
Leeds know they are in for a tough season and a number of teams are sure to be looking to take their trophy away from them. However, the Yorkshire side have players such as Kevin Sinfield and Jamie Peacock at their disposal, two men who are full of experience and know how to deal with pressure.
The Headingly Carnegie Stadium should be rocking on Friday evening and the champions will look to put on a show. The most important thing is the win though.
Hull make the short journey to Yorkshire knowing that the odds are stacked against them. At the moment, you can back a win for the away side at 5/2 with Betfred.
They finished in eighth position last campaign, but were knocked out of the play-offs in the opening match.
This season, Hull will be looking to land a top six finish and possibly give themselves and easier run-in in the final stages of the term. They know just what a win against Leeds would do for confidence, but are also aware they must be at their best.
How Hull cope with the pressure and the atmosphere might be a big test of character and an indication of what they can achieve this time out.
Betting on the half-time/full-time market is often popular in Rugby League and at the moment, Leeds winning at both stages of the match looks to be the most likely outcome as it is at 8/15 with Blue Square.
SkyBet then have odds of 11/2 that Hull will be in the lead at the break and then the full-time whistle.
For this one though, we think that bets should be placed on Hill being in the lead at the break, but Leeds then coming back, as they so often do, to win the match. The chances of this happening are rated at 113/17 with Betfair, which is pretty decent value from the bookies.
It should be a cracking way to get the Super League season underway and really set the tone for the rest of the weekend and you will be chomping to bet now you have read our Leeds Rhinos v Hull FC Betting Preview. If you want to make the most of your online betting options though the first thing to remember is most online bookies will give away free bets to new customers. So before betting check out all the online bookmakers free bets and online betting offers such as the Betfair £20 free bet offer and the £50 Ladbrokes free betting offer. So see all the best offers and get your Rugby League betting off to a flying start.