Bookies expecting Saints to do the treble

Super League sponsors Betfred make St Helens favourites to complete their first treble since 2006 after suspending betting on the League Leaders’ Shield.

Justin Holbrook’s side are 10 points clear at the top of the table and had the luxury of resting players last weekend ahead of their Challenge Cup semi-final.

Saints defeated Championship outfit Halifax 26-2 at the University of Bolton Stadium to set up their first Wembley appearance since 2008.

They will take on rivals Warrington at the end of August as they try to secure the first piece of silverware of the season in what promises to be a spectacular final.

Betfred make Saints strong 1/2 favourites to overcome the Wolves for the third time this season having already beaten them twice in Super League.

In the mean time they will look to lock down the League Leaders’ Shield quickly and rest more players ahead of the business end of the campaign.

This will likely cause odds to fluctuate in regular season games and betting companies may have to follow the lead of Asian bookies in being extra careful when pricing up matches.

Saints have not won the Super League Grand Final since 2014 and have constantly come unstuck in the semis, as was the case last season when they were edged out by Warrington.

This time though there is a feeling of determination around the St Helens camp in what is Justin Holbrook’s last season in charge at the club.

They are 4/5 to lift the Super League trophy at the Theatre of Dreams in October which could round off a remarkable year after a season of dominance.

However, as Saints fans know all too well, the favourites tag brings added pressure and the players must thrive on that if they are to lift all three major trophies in 2019.

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