Castleford only strengthened their hand in Super League at the weekend. Despite making several changes to their side to face St Helens, they managed to preserve their 100% home record – demonstrating that Darryl Powell’s men have the strength in depth to mount a serious challenge for all trophies on offer this season.
You can still get them at odds of 13/10 to win the big prize in October, and their four point lead at the top of the table sees them at 1/9 to be top after Round 23 when the league splits.
The bizarre thing about the Grand Final betting is that sixth-placed Wigan – who suffered another setback against Hull this weekend – are still second favourites. The Warriors are in sixth and are six points off the top four – they are in fact closer to not being in the Super 8’s than in the mix for a Grand Final place at this stage of the season.
Salford and Leeds are best priced 9/1 and 7/1 respectively and fifth-placed Hull are as long as 11/1. You can also get 10/1 on St Helens.
The side that has the longest price of the entire top seven is fourth-placed Wakefield. They recorded their sixth consecutive league win away to Salford, and had their share of injury worries ahead of that game, but are 66/1 to pull off a huge shock and become Champions. Only a few weeks ago you will have got odds against on Trinity to finish in the top eight, and that looks virtually assured.
Chris Chester’s side are seemingly a good value bet at this stage of the season as they are in a mix for a top-four finish. It’s doubtful they’ll end up winning it, but given how consistent they’ve been up to this stage of the season, they shouldn’t be as long as they are.