St Helens remain favourites to defend their Super League title despite the competition’s switch to a points percentage league table and a top-four play-off system.
Following the recent postponement of several fixtures and the increasing possibility that the league schedule will not be fulfilled, Super League decided this season’s league table would be decided by points percentage.
That however has not had much impact on who the bookies believe will win this year’s Super League Grand Final, with Betway pricing St Helens as clear 13/8 favourites to repeat their heroics from 12 months ago.
Kristain Woolf’s side have won all six matches since the restart, scoring almost 200 points to storm to the top of the ladder after a shaky start under the Australian coach.
Saints actually lost three of their opening five games but having now fully recovered from their early-season crisis, they remain your best chance of being able to place a winning bet on Rugby League this season.
However, it’s worth noting they are not the only side with a 100 percent record since the restart, with Warrington recording five consecutive wins to rise to second in the table.
Steve Price’s team are 3/1 second favourites to win their first Super League crown, a trophy they have yet to win, with their last domestic league championship now some 65 years ago.
Wigan are third favourites for title glory at 10/3 with Betway. The Warriors odds have drifted slightly following their humiliating defeat to bottom club Hull KR two weeks ago.
Despite that loss, Adrian Lam’s men possess plenty of Grand Final experience and look good value after responded to their loss against the Robins with a solid win over Catalans.
Speaking of Catalans and they look decent value at 13/2. The French side have three games in hand on the top three and the added advantage of playing in front of a home crowd.
It’s vital the Dragons stay in touch with those above them because with players such as Sam Tomkins, Israel Folau and James Maloney, they have the big-game experience necessary to produce the goods come the business end of the season.
Leeds Rhinos, who are Super League’s most successful club, are priced 12/1 to win their ninth title, something you wouldn’t put past them as they currently take up the final play-off spot in fourth.
Much like the Dragons, you feel Richard Agar and his team are still searching for that elusive consistency but have proved on numerous occasions that they can score points.
Castleford are next in the running at 16/1, a price that would have looked very generous at one stage this season, but not so much now.
Daryl Powell’s side folded in their Challenge Cup defeat to Hull FC last weekend and just don’t seem to be able to put a run of wins together or come out on top in the big games.
Hull’s performance in that cup clash would have raised a few eyebrows and their odds of 28/1 to win this year’s Grand Final seem very attractive when you consider they currently sit on the same number of wins as Castleford.
Further down the betting and you would have to say Huddersfield (150/1), last year’s Grand Finalists Salford (300/1) and Wakefield (600/1) are unlikely to mount a serious assault on Old Trafford.
Hull KR remain rank outsiders for this year’s title, with Super League’s current bottom-placed side priced at 1000/1 with Betway to be victorious at the Theatre of Dreams.