“Never write off the Saints” is a phrase popularly used by those commentating on St. Helens within the context of their matches – maybe this time it is applicable to their season.
With all of the regular rounds of Super League completed and the Super 8s will get underway in a couple of weeks’ time, it’s worth having a look at the Super League Grand Final betting.
Saints are going to be the focus of our piece while we touch on others as for the first time this weekend they managed to record their third consecutive win with a comprehensive 41-16 win at Wakefield. No-one has managed to inflict that much damage on Trinity in front of their own support this season.
As it stands, you can get Saints at around 12/1 for the Grand Final. This could be the start of a good run, and if it is then they are handily positioned to get into the play-offs – as they sit in sixth place and just a point shy of the top four.
They’ve managed to record wins against all of the sides above them so there is evidence that on their day they can turn it on – and might be able to do that on the big occasion. Their price looks good value.
Salford look there for the taking given their recent form, and Hull have shown themselves to be streaky, while the extent of Leeds injury problems may become clearer in the coming weeks.
After extending their winning run to 12 games, Castleford are odds-on with a lot of bookies to win the Grand Final with the league leaders shield within touching distance as they are 10 points clear at the top – though they are best priced at Evens.
After them come Leeds and Hull at 11/2 and 6/1 respectively. Wigan – who are two points behind the Saints – are best priced 8/1.
Salford’s form has taken a knock of late and they are now 20/1 to land the big prize while Wakefield are available at 70s and Huddersfield are 80/1.
This week we’ll have more on the league action when the fixtures for the Super 8s and Qualifiers are announced, and tomorrow we’ll start looking at the Challenge Cup semi-finals.