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Catalans v Castleford: Handicap favours Tigers win

| 13.02.2015

Catalans will be hoping to bounce back from opening round defeat to St Helens with a win in round two and the arrival of Castleford in Perpignan will fill Laurent Frayssinous’ side with confidence.

The French outfit have lost just one of their last five meetings with the Tigers and as such go into the game as heavy favourites at 1/6.

Tigers fans also saw their side lose last week, but the narrow nature of their 26-22 loss to Wakefield could inspire some to take the 4/1 on a win fir the visitors.

The draw can be backed at 20/1 but there are better value selections out there and below are three that are definitely worth consideration.

Tigers +14@ 10/11

Castleford may be resigned to defeat before stepping on the pitch – according to the betting – but a 14-point handicap looks like a big obstacle for the Dragons to overcome.

While they ran out 22-point winners in a 28-6 victory last time the sides met, that is the only time in five meetings the margin has been bigger than nine points and with Cas scoring 22 on the opening day this should be a tighter affair than the handicap suggests.

Denny Solomona to score first try @ 14/1

Solomona got his Tigers career off to a flying start despite ultimately losing to the Wildcats last week.

The 21-year-old former London Bronco crossed the line twice and in that form with these odds he’s simply too good to ignore.

Morgan Escare to score two or more tries @ 13/8

He may have failed to register in defeat to St Helens but back on home soil stopping the 23-year-old French fullback will be an altogether tougher assignment.

Escare was the Dragons’ top scorer last season with an impressive 27 tries and with the hosts tipped to score big you can bank on him being at the thick end of the action.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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James Curtis

After studying for a degree in journalism and gaining his NCTJ, James contributed to a wide range of papers, online publications and broadcasters including the South London Press, Press Association and Sky Sports News before joining the Ladbrokes News team.