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Tough times set to continue for Leigh at Headingley

But arduous schedule may stop Leeds running riot

Leeds forward Jamie Jones-Buchanan punches a hole in Leigh's defence earlier this season
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8pm Friday

Leigh's promising return to Betfred Super League has fast become a thing of the past as the Centurions have recorded just one win in their last ten league outings.

Bookmakers have taken a dim view of their chances of arresting that slump against third-placed Leeds on Friday with Neil Jukes's side big outsiders to triumph at Headingley.

After last season's demise from 2015 treble winners to also-rans, Leeds find themselves in the more accustomed position of challenging at the top this term.

Despite their revival the Rhinos have flattered to deceive at times. They were magnificent when thumping Warrington 40-0 a week ago but inconsistency set in again when they were defeated at rock-bottom Widnes on Monday.

The controversial decision by the RFL to force them to play twice in four days will have no doubt contributed to that lacklustre performance and another four-day turnaround is hardly ideal for either side.

Leeds should have enough quality to win but an 18-point handicap could be out of their reach given the arduous recent schedule. Backing a home win by 11-20 points looks a better proposition.

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Leeds to win by 11-20 points
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Leeds were magnificent when thumping Warrington 40-0 a week ago but inconsistency set in again when defeated at rock-bottom Widnes on Monday
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