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Catalans Dragons v Leigh Leopards: Prediction, Tips and Odds

Catalans Dragons have fallen off the pace in Super League in recent weeks but they should get back on track at their Perpignan stronghold.

The French raiders have lost five of their last seven matches in all competitions but that has come on the back of a punishing schedule which has seen them take on title rivals St Helens, Wigan Warriors and Warrington Wolves in three of their last four league outings.

All three ended in disappointing defeats with a 26-0 home win over Leeds Rhinos the only bright spot in that miserable sequence.

Steve McNamara's men start this round of fixtures in fifth, four points adrift of joint-leaders Saints and Wigan, but they have had a fortnight to put things right and they are 1/3 to return to action with a victory on Saturday.

Leigh have been the model of inconsistency this season and they are 12/5 to spring a surprise in the south of France this weekend. 

Last season's heroic exploits are a distant memory and the Leopards find themselves down in ninth after 12 rounds of fixtures.

Their last away outing was a 12-0 defeat at Hull KR two weeks ago but they put up a decent fight in East Hull and they won't make things easy for the Dragons on Saturday.

Catalans Dragons v Leigh Leopards

Catalans Dragons v Leigh Leopards betting tips and predictions

Catalans Dragons to win by 1 to 12 points - 7/4

Catalans Dragons have lost five matches so far this season and that is just two short of their total losses in the whole of last season, and their weaknesses away from home have come back to haunt them.

Four of their defeats in this campaign have come on the road and it is a hark back to the dark days when the French side were almost bankers to lose whenever they left the Stade Gilbert Brutus behind them. Things have improved on that count in recent years, but they still rely heavily on home comforts.

Warrington won in Perpignan last month but they are the only side to leave with two points and the Dragons' den remains a formidable proposition for visiting sides.

Leigh hammered the Dragons earlier this season at the Leigh Sports Village but they are firm underdogs for this contest and it is hard to see them securing another victory this weekend in muggy conditions, having won just twice on the road in 2024.

The Leopards were beaten 12-0 by Hull KR on their last away jaunt and they have lost six of their last seven meetings with Catalans.

However, their last two visits to this venue resulted in losses by just eight points on both occasions and it may pay to back another tight home win.

Leigh haven't lost by more than 12 points in any away fixture this season and they could stay in touch with the Dragons on Saturday, too.

Catalans first scoring play any other method - 12/1
Leigh first scoring play any other method -
16/1

Even though a home win looks likely, it is hard to see Catalans running away with things in the Stade Gilbert Brutus and a tight clash could unfold in the early stages.

And that may see either side take any points on offer at every opportunity. Any other method than a try could yield big payouts with a penalty goal looking like a big runner to open the scoring.

It's 12/1 that the Dragons score first with a penalty and 16/1 about the Leopards scoring first from a shot at goal but both prices look far too big and look worthy of a small wager.

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Catalans Dragons v Leigh Leopards odds

Catalans Dragons - 1/3
Leigh Leopards -
12/5

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This article was written by a partner sports writer via Spotlight Sports Group. All odds displayed on this page were correct at the time of writing and are subject to withdrawal or change at any time.

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