Castleford extended their winning run to seven Super League games at the weekend. With other results going their way in recent weeks they have managed to extend their lead at the top to six points. It would take a massive wobble for them not to hold top spot after 23 rounds when the league splits.
After being odds-on for a while to finish top, they are now odds-on for the main prize – with William Hill, Paddy Power and BetVictor all pricing them up at 10/11 to become champions. You can still get 11/10 on the Tigers with Betfred to lift that crown in particular.
Leeds are now second favourites as they joined Salford on 24 points. Given their experience of success down the years, and the pedigree is in the squad that’s of little surprise. You can get the Rhinos at 6/1.
They’re now ahead of Wigan in the betting with many bookmakers – who bizarrely are still third favourites given their utterly woeful run of form. It would require a remarkable transformation for them to be in the mix. They’re best priced 6’s.
Hull made it back-to-back wins when they faced Salford and they’re available at 8’s. They’re much better value than Wigan, even if you don’t know which version of Lee Radford’s side will turn up.
Bizarrely, second-place Salford are best priced at 12/1, and St Helens are 10/1 – as the Saints climbed to sixth following a win over Widnes, making it three wins from their last four. It might be worth keeping an eye on the Saints to see if they really can put a serious run together in the second half of the season and improbably challenge. They face a big test as they play their game in hand at the weekend away to an improving Huddersfield side.
Though Wakefield narrowly lost at the weekend to Leeds, they still sit in fourth place. At 50/1 (BoyleSports), they still seem really good value.
It will be interesting to see if any top four or top eight betting becomes available this week – we’ll keep our eyes peeled for it.