Super League 2018 Betting Odds and Weekly Preview

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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 2018 - Super 8s Round 2 Betting Preview

The shock of Round 1 of Super 8s came at the Totally Wicked Stadium, where visitors Huddersfield inflicted St Helens’ first league defeat in four months. Could an unlikely assault on the top four be on the cards for the West Yorkshire side? They need to overturn a six-point deficit on Castleford and Warrington, not to mention a dreadful points difference, but after beating Saints, surely anything is possible.

Round 2 sees Giants take on a faltering Hull side, meaning that the picture could be even more intriguing come Monday morning. Take a look at Sports.net’s Super 8s Round 2 betting preview for some insight on this weekend’s action.

Wakefield Trinity v St Helens

  • Thursday 16th August, 7:45pm

Form

Wakefield Trinity started their Super 8s campaign with a 31-13 win at Hull FC. It was their third victory in four games, including Round 23’s 72-10 drubbing of the same team. It wasn’t plain sailing for the West Yorkshire side, though. They trailed their eastern neighbours early in the second half, before upping the pressure and taking the points.

St Helens had seemed invincible a fortnight ago, but defeat to Catalans in the Challenge Cup, and last week’s reverse to Giants have meant August has not been a happy month so far. They still sit ten points clear at the top of the table, but will be desperate to get back to winning ways. With no disrespect to Wakey, Saints should have too much for them this Thursday.

Sports.net’s Top Tip

Type Odds Provider Bet Now
Winner
St Helens
4/6
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Castleford Tigers v Warrington Wolves

  • Friday 17th August, 7:45pm

Form

Castleford Tigers missed out on the chance to overtake Wigan last week, when they lost 24-22 to the league’s second placed side. The Yorkshiremen were 20-0 down at half time, but showed a lot of bottle to work their way to within touching distance of the win in the second 40 minutes. However, coach Daryl Powell branded the display “clearly unacceptable”.

Warrington Wolves enjoyed a riotous time when Catalans visited last week. They sent their opponents back to France with their tails between their legs after a 56-6 drubbing. Winger Tom Lineham took the headlines with a hat trick of tries, but it was a fantastic team effort. The momentum from that success could be enough to squeeze them over the line when they visit a strong Cas team, looking to prove themselves again.

Sports.net's Top Tip

Type Odds Provider Bet Now
Winner by 1-12 points
Warrington
3/1
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Huddersfield Giants v Hull FC

  • Friday 17th August, 7:45pm

Form

Huddersfield Giants are on one fantastic roll at the moment. They looked set for the Qualifiers early on in the season, only to pull off ten wins in their last 11 games. Having beaten Saints last week, they will feel anything is possible, including breaching that seemingly settled top four. They will need a lot of luck, but it will keep this season interesting until the death.

Hull FC, conversely, have been in horrid form. They have lost five on the bounce, including that 72-10 embarrassment at the hands of Wakefield last month. Injuries have played their part, of course, but morale is low and you get the impression they are just playing out the season and waiting to begin afresh next term. There will likely be more misery heaped on them at the John Smiths Stadium this Friday.

Sports.net's Top Tip

Type Odds Provider Bet Now
Winner
Huddersfield
1/3
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Catalans Dragons v Wigan Warriors

  • Saturday 18th August, 5:30pm (UK time)

Form

Catalans Dragons looked to be firing on all cylinders, having rocketed up the table to make the Super 8s and then steamed into the Challenge Cup final. However, they went down 25-20 to Wigan in the last week of the regular season and returned from Warrington last week on the wrong end of a 56-6 trouncing. Given that was a dress rehearsal for the Challenge Cup final, a number of bookies may now have swiftly adjusted their odds on that game.

Wigan Warriors will feel they have finally lifted themselves from their midseason funk. Two wins in two, one over this week’s opponents and the other over a very good Cas team, show that they are still real contenders for the title this year. Having beaten Catalans so recently, they shouldn’t be phased this Saturday, even with the long trip to Perpignan. Expect an away win here, although it may be close.


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