Leeds coach Brian McDermott is wary of his old club Bradford in Friday night's Super League derby at Headingley and believes a points deduction could only add to the danger they pose.
The Bulls players, who have defied continuing uncertainty over the club's future to produce their best rugby of the season, are expected to discover the club's punishment for breaching the Rugby Football League's insolvency regulations before kick-off.
And McDermott is full of admiration for the way the players have coped with the adversity, saying: "They're playing carefree. It's almost as if there is very little pressure on them. The points deduction will be another form of motivation."
He went on: "They're in an ideal situation really. You wouldn't want it as a coach but, if they were to lose or play poorly, given what's gone on behind the scenes, you'd expect that.
"They are a dangerous side because they appear to be playing without the fear of consequences. They are chancing their arm and playing with a lot of style.
"The pressure valve has been released and they're playing some good stuff."
Leeds, who have climbed from ninth to fifth on the back of a four-match winning run, will be aiming to keep the pressure on the two clubs immediately above them, Catalan Dragons and St Helens, who meet in Perpignan.
"With it being fourth versus third, it's teed up nicely," said Saints caretaker head coach Mike Rush. "It's a big game for both clubs. We can peg them back level on points and, if they win, they can put some distance between them and us. It is a massive game for both clubs."
In Friday night's other match, youngster Marc Sneyd will be given another chance to fill the shirt vacated by Matty Smith when Salford host Widnes.
Former St Helens and Great Britain half-back Sean Long, assistant coach of the Reds, was registered as a player on Thursday but his boss Phil Veivers insists he would only call on the 35-year-old in an emergency and that Sneyd is in pole position to succeed Smith, who has moved to Wigan.