Leeds Rhinos vs Salford Red Devils Super League Round 9 Preview

Leeds are looking to recover from two bad results in a row after a poor start against Castleford and a lucky escape against Huddersfield in round 8, Salford however come into this matchup of the back of a convincing victory against Catalans at the AJ Bell.

Leeds won all 3 of last years meetings between the two sides, the closest game coming down to just 6 points, the biggest margin was a 26 point win for the Rhinos. As far as recent meeting between these two sides go, Salford have only won 1 of their last ten meetings with the Rhinos and that was home victory back in Round 10 of the 2016 season, the Red Devils don't like playing at Headingley, leaving the Rhinos ground without ever registering a win in the Super League era, with the exception of the shock 2009 victory almost 9 years to the day. 

The Rhinos welcome back; Stevie Ward, Jimmy Keinhorst and Liam Sutcliffe from injury, all 3 are named in the initial 19 man squad, Mullally is dropped from the squad due to a head injury and Brad Dwyer is replaced by Matt Parcell. Salford make just the one change from last weeks side, George Griffin replacing Jake Bibby in the 19 man squad.

Leeds Rhinos: Ashton Golding, Tom Briscoe, Kallum Watkins, Liam Sutcliffe, Ryan Hall, Joel Moon, Richie Myler, Matt Parcell, Brad Singleton, Carl Ablett, Stevie Ward, Brett Delaney, Jimmy Keinhorst, Brett Ferres, Ash Handley, Jack Walker, Cameron Smith, Mikolaj Oledzki, Josh Walters.

Salford Red Devils: Greg Johnson, Kris Welham, Junior Sa'u, Niall Evalds, Robert Lui, Jack Littlejohn, Craig Kopczak, Logan Tomkins, George Griffin, Josh Jones, Weller Hauraki, Mark Flanagan, Lama Tasi, Ryan Lannon, Luke Burgess, Ben Nakubuwai, Josh Wood, Derrell Olpherts, Lee Mossop.

I'd expect the Rhinos to bounce back from the last two weeks, plus, Salford have some from of Headingley hoodoo and no doubt that will be playing in their minds. The Rhinos are pretty much running out 1-13 come Monday afternoon so there's no injury excuses to hide behind too so it's very much a must win game for the Rhinos, especially if they want to keep pace with the leading pack. I'm backing the Rhinos to take this game by 6-12 points.



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