As of Sunday evening, the line-up for the 2023 Super League season was complete.
That’s because Leigh Centurions, expectedly, beat underdogs Batley Bulldogs 44-12 in the Championship Grand Final to secure promotion.
It’s set to be Leigh’s fourth crack at Super League as they hope to avoid relegation for the first time having suffered that fate in 2005, 2017 and 2021.
There’s been plenty of debate over whether they will avoid this fate in 2023. They have a star-studded squad at present but some of that squad is set to change going into next year due to the quota spot rules. However, the Centurions reportedly have some exciting signings coming through the door which has their fans believing a play-off push would not be out of the question.
But what do the bookies think?
Well, Super League sponsors Betfred have Leigh as 66/1 for Super League glory in 2023 which leaves them with the joint longest odds with Hull KR. So, flipping this on its head, this makes the Centurions joint-second favourites for the drop if we assume the least likely Grand Final winners as the most likely to get relegated.
That tag falls with Wakefield at 100/1 a long way off favourites reigning Champions St Helens who are 9/4 to win a fifth consecutive Grand Final.
Warrington have surprisingly short odds at 8/1 despite finishing 11th in 2022. Meanwhile, Salford who finished 6th and made the semi-finals are 25/1 to win the Grand Final.
On this we’ve put together what the Super League table would look like based on Grand Final winning odds and that would leave the Red Devils ninth.
Meanwhile the top three would be St Helens, Wigan and Catalans whilst the bottom three would be Hull KR, Leigh and Wakefield would be the side set to join the Championship.
Here’s the table in full:
1. St Helens 9/4
2. Wigan Warriors 7/2
3. Catalans Dragons 7/1
4. Warrington Wolves 8/1
5. Leeds Rhinos 8/1
6. Huddersfield Giants 10/1
7. Castleford Tigers 12/1
8. Hull FC 12/1
9. Salford Red Devils 25/1
10. Hull KR 66/1
11. Leigh Centurions 66/1
12. Wakefield Trinity 100/1