Wakefield Trinity must win their final two matches and hope Castleford Tigers lose both of theirs with huge scores to have any chance of remaining in Super League, but it looks an impossible situation for Trinity, whose fate should be sealed at Leigh on Friday.

Trinity have lost their last five matches and the end is nigh for the Belle Vue boys who have been bottom of the table for most of the 2023 campaign.

Leigh vs Wakefield Prediction

  • Leigh -18 (3-Way Handicap) @ 20/21
  • Leigh to win both halves @ 8/15

Team news

John Asiata and Josh Charnley look set to return for Leigh Leopards this week after missing the 22-12 loss to St Helens last week. Zak Hardaker, Robbie Mulhern and Jack Hughes are carrying injuries but all three look set to be involved on Friday.

Renouf Atoni will play no part for Wakefield this week after picking up a one-match ban for dangerous contact.

Leigh -18 (3-Way Handicap) @ 20/21

Just four wins from 25 matches have left Wakey marooned at the bottom of the standings and the Leopards can put them out of their misery with a routine victory on Friday.

A top-six spot is assured for the Leopards, who already have the Challenge Cup in their trophy cabinet, but they don’t really do easing up at Leigh who approach every match with a positive outlook.

Finishing as high as possible could have a crucial bearing on who the Leopards face in the Play-Offs so they will be keen to finish the job properly with Warrington Wolves and Hull KR still capable of finishing above them.

That might hand chances to Wakefield but a 16-point handicap at 1/1 could be covered if the visitors run out of fight later on.

Even if Wakefield can offer some kind of resistance, it’s difficult to see them posting enough points to thwart the bet, as they possess the worst attacking record in the division having scored just 272 points in 25 matches. That’s just under 11 points per game, and it is difficult to see them posting a score much higher than that.

Leigh to win both halves @ 8/15

Leigh have won the last four meetings with Wakefield by 26, 28, 32 and eight points and their penchant for fast starts could make it a long night for beleaguered Trinity.

Wakey have been behind at the break in each of their last five matches and should Leigh get on top quickly, there could be little in response from the visitors with their time in the top flight over.

Leigh won 30-4 when these two last met in round 14, and they were leading 10-0 at the break, a similar situation, if not worse, looks likely on Friday and the Leopards to win both halves looks a decent bet.

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