As regular readers of our betting reviews will know we always strive to say where we think the best value is on most markets on most Live Super League games . This included the man of the match , but after Friday’s farce at Headingley we will no longer be including a man of the match prediction in our reviews of live Sky games .
We have always stressed that this is a fun bet only and can be very volatile but with the system now of an unknown Super League personality picking 4 names to go up to a public vote it has become a lottery . We had the case of a few weeks ago , I think it was the Good Friday derby , where James Roby was the best player on the park by a street and wasn’t included in the 4, with the award going to golden boy Ben Barba , and then last Friday when hat trick hero Harvey Livett missed out . It has happened on other occasions this year too .
There has always been picks that had left us dumbfounded , that is why we say it is a fun bet only , but this new system is akin to picking names out of a hat . They picked 3 Leeds players , who admittedly were winning at the time, when it was clear that Wire were the better side for most of the game apart from a 10 minute spell after half time .
It’s no good picking a man of the match with a quarter of the game left , in our opinion it should go back to the old system of a Sky pundit picking the MOTM , we don’t always agree with their pick (usually talking through our pockets ) but at least we know where we stand . Not just for betting purposes but for fairness too , Daryl Clark looked bewildered to be chosen on Friday .
We will continue with giving our views , so you can rule our picks out of your thinking , for Cup games and we’ll assess the credentials for magic weekend where the system there usually provides a great chance for value .
Up to you if you want to keep going with your man of the match bets , but we do advise fun bets only and be prepared to be annoyed when your man isn’t picked . It is a bet that lasts the full 80 minutes , especially if you pick one from each side .
Look out for our betting reviews for the live Cup games this weekend .