It seems that seven – maybe even eight – teams are worth mentioning in the top four market following round 13 of Super League. Given the fixtures that follow in just under two weeks’ time at Magic Weekend in Newcastle, the market could have some more significant changes.
The top four market with both Betfred and BetVictor are for the entire 30-game season – unlike the Super 8’s.
They remain convinced that Castleford Tigers, Wigan Warriors and Hull FC will be three of that particular top four – what’s interesting is who follows.
Leeds Rhinos have been odds-against for much of the campaign, but they have been cut into 10/11 by both firms following their win away to Catalans Dragons.
St. Helens were odds-on, but their 40-18 defeat at Warrington Wolves on Friday night leaves them sitting in seventh place, and they’re now as long as 5/4.
Salford Red Devils’ price continues to shorten – as it does in other markets – and the division’s third-place side are now best priced 2/1 for a top four spot, which would mean a shot at reaching the Grand Final at Old Trafford in October.
Following their poor start to the season, Warrington have been playing catch-up and despite their convincing win taking them level on points with Saints in the Super League table – they’re at 3/1.
They’re seven points off the pace. A possible explanation as to why Saints are shorter than Warrington is that a new coach will be in place at the Totally Wicked Stadium within two weeks in Justin Holbrook. Also, after a start which saw six consecutive defeats, the chances are Warrington probably can’t sustain such a good run of form for the remainder of the season they’ll need to get themselves in the mix.
Other teams that feature in among this block of sides on the Super League ladder are Catalans at 8/1 – who are on the same points as Warrington – and Wakefield who are three points further ahead are best priced 16s. Wakefield – sitting in sixth – are unfancied but probably shouldn’t be that much longer than that trio of sides who are directly below them.
It’s worth noting that Wigan’s price has drifted slightly (1/8) as they’re three points off fourth in fifth place but the thinking is if they get one or two men back fit and don’t suffer many more injury problems they should claw that deficit back.