Joint favourites for the drop in Super League

Online bookmaker Sporting Index have gone up with odds to finish bottom of Super League next season.

The firm is well known as the leader in sports spread betting, but recently launched a fixed odds service for customers and were 1st to price up the team to finish bottom.

They quote Huddersfield and Hull KR as 7/2 joint favourites to finish bottom, with Wakefield next at 4/1. It does look between these 3 for me, but I think Trinity should get enough points at home to secure their safety.

Personally I’d have Rovers favourites, they struggled throughout last season and look to be in an even worse place now. Admittedly they’ve recruited well over the winter but they’ve lost key players. Huddersfield looked decent in the middle of last season but a horrendous injury list saw them drop down the table still being in danger of the drop on the last day. Yes, Rovers also had  terrible luck with injuries but I just feel the Giants squad looks a little stronger given some acute signings for 2020.

Wakefield also look vulnerable but at this early stage it is Rovers I’d worry for, though things could change. The 7/2 for the Robins looks good value, I could see it being less than 3/1 come the end of January.

Next at 5/1 are 2 interesting sides – Salford and Toronto. Both will split opinion on both sides of the table, but could be worth sitting on the fence for. The Wolfpack shouldn’t worry about the travel plans Catalans have as they look to play maybe two or three games in a row at home, and if away teams flying to France gives the Dragons an edge then flying to Toronto has to give the North Americans a real advantage. Add to this their projected signings, Sonny Bill Williams is rumoured, and they should be okay. As for last seasons Grand Finalists Salford, it’s worth noting 10 games from the end of the season they were looking down and not up, and have lost their Man of Steel – Jackson Hastings – plus most improved player – Josh Jones – amongst others. They look to have recruited well though and should be safely in the top 8.

The next 2 could be where the value lies, Leeds and Catalans both at 20/1. Both struggled last year and whilst I think Leeds will improve I do worry for the Dragons. They struggled badly towards the end of last season and despite a marquee signing in James Maloney they could stutter again. Home form may well save them but I think they should be a lot lower than 20/1, considering it’s only two years since they were in the million pound game.

Castleford are also 20/1 but for me don’t deserve to be mentioned in the same bracket as the two above, they have been in the play offs the last three years and look a lock for the top five, maybe fighting it out with Warrington and Hull for 3rd.

The Black and Whites themselves are 40/1 but with their winter signings should be safe by the longest day, surely a play off spot beckons.

Big outsiders at 200/1 are St Helens, Warrington and Wigan. Whilst I think Saints will finish top again, 200/1 is big for the other two. Wigan were near the bottom at Easter last year and Wire were in the Qualifiers two years ago. It only takes an injury crisis for a top side to struggle and whilst these 3 will finish top 3 those odds look big to me.

Credit to the guys at Sporting Index for pricing this up, hopefully the others will follow, click here to look at the odds on their site. As always please gamble responsibly.

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