Salford go into this fixture on the back of a 12-10 surprise home defeat to Huddersfield, whilst Leeds will be in a buoyant mood following their 52-10 drubbing of Hull KR last weekend. The Red Devils’ only victory so far this season came against newly-promoted and winless Toronto in round two.
Salford are currently in 11th position whilst Leeds sit in sixth despite the fact that both sides have won just the one game each so far this season. Good news for Ian Watson’s men, however, the Red Devils have won their last two fixtures against Leeds – one at the AJ Bell Stadium and one at Headingley. Despite losing against Huddersfield last week, the Red Devils had won their last six at home prior to that and home advantage could be pivotal although the Rhinos do have a good record there.
Dan Sarginson drops out of Watson’s squad as new recruit Oliver Roberts comes in. Kevin Brown, Lee Mossop and Josh Johnson also drop out with Sebastine Ikahihifo, Elliott Kear and Jack Ormondroyd filling the 21-man squad. Meanwhile, Leeds boss Richard Agar has named an unchanged squad.
Last time they met
The last time these two teams met it was a Leeds home game with Salford beating Leeds 20-12 back in September 2019. This time around its a Salford home game where Leeds have a 70% win ratio from the past 10 games they’ve played there.
Salford are a different animal at home, yet Leeds showed glimpses against Hull KR that will have pleased boss Richard Agar and as mentioned above, they do have a good record on the Red Devils home soil. Could go either way, but the Rhinos may sneak it in.
Leeds Rhinos for the win.
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