Super 8s 2017 Round 1 Betting Preview

Rugby League
Updated Tuesday 5th December 2017, 03:42 PM

Castleford kick off their push to clinch the League Leaders’ Shield as soon as possible with a home tie against St Helens in Round 1 of the Super 8s. Meanwhile, sparks will surely fly at Headingley, as Leeds Rhinos host a Wigan side who hammered them 34-0 just two weeks ago. Take a look at Sports.net’s betting preview ahead of the first weekend of the Super 8s.

How the Bookies See it

Type Odds Provider Bet Now
Castleford v St Helens
Castleford
4/9
St Helens
15/8
Draw
18/1
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Leeds v Wigan
Leeds
10/11
Wigan
Evens
Draw
22/1
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Form

Castleford Tigers seem unstoppable at the minute, notching up their 12th win on the spin against Catalans a fortnight ago. A ten-point gap over second-place Leeds means two more wins should see them secure top spot for the first time in the club’s history, something that coach Daryl Powell says would be “very special”. St Helens finally hit some form before the split, with wins against Hull, Catalans and Wakefield coming in quick succession. They’re just a point off the Play Off positions and will be desperate to finish in the top four.

Leeds Rhinos may sit second, but their humiliation by Wigan in the league was followed up with a 43-24 defeat at the hands of Hull FC in the semi final of the Challenge Cup last Saturday. The 2015 treble winners will need to buck up their ideas as the season hits the final straight. Wigan Warriors overcame Salford 27-14 on Sunday to book a date at Wembley in the Challenge Cup final, still buoyed by that victory over a youthful Rhinos side. Four wins in the last five games in all competitions certainly make it seem like there may be light at the end of a long tunnel of a season for Warriors fans.

Sports.net’s View

It’s difficult to see Cas doing anything but beating St Helens, particularly given how much of a fortress the Jungle has become. Even backing the home side to be winning at half time and full time will only yield 4/5 at best from Bet365. The same company will give evens on Tigers winning with a handicap of eight, which seems realistic.

Jy Hitchcox is on form, having bagged a brace of tries against Catalans, and his 8/1 at William Hill to cross the line first on Thursday night is tempting, as is 12/1 from Paddy Power on the impressive Zak Hardaker, who has overcome a tough couple of years to star in this all-conquering Tigers team.

Leeds will be itching to right the wrongs of their last match with Wigan, but they know it will be tough, and the bookies are being cautious with their odds. The betting is close, with Leeds at 10/11 and Wigan at evens with Paddy Power, and it really could go either way. If you don’t fancy tossing a coin to inform your bets, how about 5/6 from Boylesports on Leeds to make home advantage count and ensuring they get points on the board this time around by scoring first?

Sports.net’s Top Tip

Type Odds Provider Bet Now
Castleford v St Helens
Cas to win with a -8 handicap
Evens
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