There’s not usually much excitement for rugby league fans in midweek, but they had something to look out for before or during the morning commute as the fixtures for the Super 8s and Middle 8 qualifiers were announced.
Instead of regurgitating what you can find elsewhere (like here) we’re going to look at a couple of betting markets that are currently available.
To start with – the top four in the Super 8s. Castleford are already assured of their place so it’s a case of who will join them in the play-offs at the end of this phase of the campaign. The bookies who’ve released prices (so far Betway and Betfred) seem pretty sure that Leeds will join them and Hull.
They have priced up the battle for the fourth spot being between St Helens and Wigan who are best priced 11/10 and 6/4 respectively despite lying in sixth and seventh place.
It’s not unreasonable given the recent form of Salford and Wakefield as they appear to have been running out of steam going into this phase of the season. Those four sides at the moment are covered by just three points.
Hull are one point further ahead but shouldn’t be complacent. Their streaky nature could get them into trouble if they hit another bad patch – they are currently 8/13.
Salford are 2/1 while Wakefield are available at 3/1.
Betway have a market up for a top three finish in the Middle 8s. They seem sure Warrington will secure their place in the top flight as they are 1/50 and they think Catalans will join them – best priced 1/8.
Who comes next will be the interesting thing and it’s a tight market between Leigh, Widnes and Hull KR. Leigh are 6/5 – and their home form might get them over the line while Widnes are 5/4 and Hull KR are 2/1.
Both Widnes and Leigh have the difficult trip to Catalans in their fixtures while Hull KR don’t – and the Robins will fancy their chances against those who played in the Super League this season after beating Leigh in the Challenge Cup this season as well as running Salford close. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see them secure promotion without participating in the Million Pound game.