Super League 2018 Betting Odds and Weekly Preview

Rugby League
Updated Tuesday 15th May 2018, 08:59 AM

After a blistering 2017 campaign, Super League 2018 promises another eight months of twists, turns and excitement. Leeds Rhinos pipped Castleford Tigers to the championship last time out, despite their West Yorkshire rivals leading the way for the majority of the season, but who will step up this term and does the latest rugby league betting reflect that?

This article is updated ahead of each round to preview the action and provide the latest Super League 2018 betting odds.

Super League Round 15 Magic Weekend 2018 Betting Preview

The annual festival of all things rugby league rolls around again this week, as all 12 Super League teams descend on Newcastle for the Magic Weekend. St James’ Park hosts an array of derbies and grudge matches over the two days, with the usual carnival atmosphere making this one of sport’s greatest events.

Take a look at Sports.net’s Magic Weekend 2018 betting preview:

Castleford Tigers v Leeds Rhinos

Saturday 19th May, 7:30pm

Type Odds Provider Bet Now
Match Winner
Leeds Rhinos
4/6
Castleford Tigers
6/5
Draw
22/1
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*Please note, odds may fluctuate

Form

Castleford Tigers have come a little unstuck in recent weeks, losing to Wigan and Hull either side of a win over Wakefield. They surged up the Super League standings before that and will hope to take down their West Yorkshire neighbours and kick off another successful run. Last weekend’s 18-36 home defeat to St Helens in the Challenge Cup makes Super League success even more important this year.

Leeds Rhinos reached the quarter finals of the Challenge Cup with a 23-20 win over Widnes. In Super League they've won just one of their last four, with a narrow success away at Hull KR surrounded by defeats to Wigan, Hull FC and Warrington.

Sports.net’s View

Both of these teams have something to prove on Saturday, which could either lead to a thriller or a nervy, tight affair. Neither will want to lose and let Saints and Wigan stride any further ahead, so the tactics employed by both coaches will be fascinating to dissect.

You get the impression that the bookies make Leeds the favourites in these sorts of contests almost out of habit, when Tigers could quite easily take the points here. With that in mind, it’s worth backing Cas because they will bring a positive payout in a game that couldn’t be more 50/50 if it tried.

The bookies are being particularly tight with the handicaps market, so this really could be a case of tossing a coin to figure out who to back.

Sports.net’s Top Tip

Type Odds Provider Bet Now
Match Winner
Castleford Tigers
6/5
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*Please note, odds may fluctuate

Hull Kingston Rovers v Hull FC

Sunday 20th May, 5:30pm

Type Odds Provider Bet Now
Match Winner
Hull FC
2/5
Hull KR
2/1
Draw
20/1
Bet Now

*Please note, odds may fluctuate

Form

Hull Kingston Rovers sit 11th in Super League, ahead of bottom side Catalans on points difference alone. It has been a challenging return to the top flight for the team from the east of the city. They can only boast one win from their last seven games, a 31-12 success over Widnes in Round 10. The Craven Park outfit exited the Challenge Cup last week, going down 28-10 at the hands of Wigan.  

Hull FC have won six from the last eight in the league and sit fourth in the table. It’s been an inconsistent season so far, but the Airlie Birds look to be steadying the ship. A 38-20 Challenge Cup win over Featherstone last Thursday saw the holders book their place in the quarter finals.

Sports.net’s View

Form would suggest this will be one way traffic. However, this is both the Magic Weekend and a Hull derby, which always come with a twist or two in store.

Hull FC have a spectacularly talented squad and could be doing even better in the league than they currently are. KR desperately need to take down a team that isn’t seen as a fellow struggler (their wins so far have come against Catalans, Huddersfield and Widnes), and what sweeter scalp is there than their crosstown rivals?

If there is going to be a major upset this weekend, this is where it will take place. Back the Robins with great caution, but there is something about this game that suggests the formbook will be thrown out of the window.

Sports.net’s Top Tip

Type Odds Provider Bet Now
Match Winner
Hull KR
2/1
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Last Updated: Tuesday, 15 May 2018 08:59:34+00:00
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