The Super League table has a really interesting look to it now. Not many will have banked on Castleford, Salford and Wakefield making up three of the top four at this stage of the season – Leeds are the other side.
Warrington have dropped out of the top eight, a cushion is threatening to open up between the top five and Wigan while St Helens will be encouraged by their back-to-back wins.
Here we’ll have a look at the betting markets for Grand Final and Regular Season winner:
Castleford remain the strong favourites to become champions at the end of the season. They are best priced 6/4 and people seem to think the Tigers are by far and away the best side in the competition this season.
However, they only command a two-point lead over Salford. Bizarrely they are still as long as 12/1 with Paddy Power for main prize. That’s a lot shorter than the 33/1 they were a few weeks ago, but the Red Devils’ good season shows no signs of stopping just yet.
Leeds are going through a bit of an inconsistent phase in their season – as they have alternated between victories and defeats for each of their past six league games. Nevertheless, the experience and pedigree of their squad shouldn’t be underestimated come the business end of the season. They are 8/1 to win another Super League title.
As for the side sitting in fourth place in Wakefield, no-one would’ve thought they would be riding high in the table – with five consecutive wins putting them in contention for a top four place. You can get 100/1 on Trinity to be Grand Final winners. It’s doubtful they will win it, but if you’re in contention at this stage of the season, you should probably be shorter odds than that.
They’re longer odds than ninth placed Warrington, who are eight points adrift, but still have odds of 33/1. Wire’s revival has hit the buffers following damaging defeats to Leeds and Salford.
Wigan haven’t won in their last four Super League games and are sixth – and if they were to lose to Hull next weekend their chances of a top four finish could be in danger. Bookies still expect them to come back and be in contention for the big prize come October though, as they are best priced 3/1.
Hull, after three consecutive league defeats, are as long as 12/1. St Helens – who have recorded back-to-back wins in Justin Holbrook’s first two games in charge, and had their game with Huddersfield with postponed – are best priced 8/1. A good run of form is seemingly anticipated from the Saints.
For the Regular Season winner prize – meaning after 23 games – it’s probably a two-horse race. Castleford are two points clear of Salford and there’s a further four-point cushion back to Leeds. Castleford are 1/4 to be top before the split, while you can get Salford at 7/1. The Tigers look set to be top, the big question is just how much can Salford push them?