Nearly all leading UK bookmakers make St Helens favourites to win all three major domestic trophies next season as the club bid to return to their former glories.
Despite cruising to the League Leaders’ Shield this season , winning 26 of their 30 Super League matches, Saints were beaten when it mattered in both the Challenge Cup and Super League semi-finals.
Fans were left to rue what might have been yet again in 2018 as Justin Holbrook’s side continued their poor recent record in semi-finals and missed out on both showpiece events again.
But that disappointment could be quickly forgotten about when you think what is in store for fans of the Red V in 2019 with three huge signings on their way to the Totally Wicked Stadium.
Recent Steve Prescott Man of Steel winner Ben Barba may have departed along with Jon Wilkin, however NRL stars Lachlan Coote, Kevin Naiqama and Joseph Paulo will land in the UK shortly, giving Saints fans plenty to smile about.
These three huge names will add to and improve an already established St Helens team and for this reason the bookies are tipping them to be the dominant force next season.
They can be backed at 3/1 to retain the League Leaders’ Shield and they are the same price to become Super League champions. Furthermore, Holbrook’s side are 4/1 favourites to win the Challenge Cup.
Beaten 2018 Grand Finalists Warrington are second favourites for all three domestic honours with Castleford and reigning Super League champions Wigan next in line.
Challenge Cup winners Catalans Dragons will be most people’s outside bet next season and can be backed at 10/1 to retain the trophy they won this August. They are also 14/1 for Super League Grand Final glory and 16/1 to be top at the end of the regular season.
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Seasoned punters will certainly be taking an interest in the odds for the new season with most clubs finishing their transfer business ahead of the start of pre-season training.
Super League regular season: St Helens 3/1, Warrington 4/1, Castleford 11/2, Wigan 11/2, Leeds 8/1, Hull FC 10/1, Catalans 16/1, Huddersfield 20/1, Wakefield 20/1, Hull KR 66/1, Salford 66/1, London Broncos 100/1.
Super League Grand Final: St Helens 3/1, Warrington 7/2, Wigan 4/1, Catsleford 6/1, Hull FC 10/1, Leeds 10/1, Catalans 14/1, Huddersfield 20/1, Wakefield 40/1, Hull KR 66/1, Salford 100/1, London 250/1.
Challenge Cup: St Helens 3/1, Warrington 9/2 , Castleford 11/2, Wigan 11/2, Leeds 13/2, Hull FC 7/1, Catalans 10/1, Huddersfield 16/1, Wakefield 25/1, Toronto 40/1, Hull KR 50/1, Salford 50/1, Widnes 66/1, London 100/1, Toulouse 125/1.