Mick Potter has come to Bradford with a new broom and made the changes that were necessary to revitalise the ailing Bulls. It will take a while for the Odsal outfit to be challenging for titles again but under Potter, who took over in November, they already look to be heading in the right direction.
They could be one of the surprise packages this season then and on an unpredictable opening weekend of the campaign in Cardiff they could catch West Yorkshire rivals Leeds cold. The Rhinos are Totesport’s 4/9 favourites for the points but they start the season without influential pair Jamie Peacock and Danny Maguire so they could be there for the taking and bet365’s 12/5 for a Bulls success is too big to ignore. For the cautious meanwhile Potter’s charges are given an eight-point leg-up by Stan James at odds of 10/11.
The showdown between the two Hull sides could be a fiery affair, despite the absence of new Hull KR signing Willie Mason and it’s not a game to have a huge interest as it could go either way. The Black and Whites perhaps have the edge but we’re not convinced enough to recommend them with any conviction in the handicaps, where they start two points behind at evens with bet365.