How the Bookies See it:
- Warrington v St Helens Winner: Warrington 4/7, St Helens 6/4, Draw 18/1 - Ladbrokes
- Wigan v Hull Winner: Wigan 8/13, Hull 11/8, Draw 16/1 - Sky Bet
- Grand Final Winner: Warrington 9/5, Wigan 9/5, Hull 9/2, St Helens 9/2 - BoyleSports
Warrington Wolves could not shift Hull FC from the top spot during the regular season despite a barnstorming run of wins towards the end. Their Super 8s campaign got off on the wrong foot with a defeat to St Helens, but five wins, including a victory over the East Yorkshire club, saw them top the table.
St Helens have had a solid year, ending both the regular season and the Super 8s in fourth place. Their only Super 8s defeat came to Wigan, but they finished with a run of four victories, including a 31-10 crushing of Hull FC.
Wigan Warriors will be desperate to make amends for last year’s Grand Final heartache at the hands of Leeds Rhinos, and they come into the final four having beaten all three of their fellow semi-finalists in recent weeks. However, their 25-0 destruction of St Helens in August came just four weeks after they were humbled 23-4 by the Merseysiders, suggesting a certain lack of consistency.
Hull FC have faced a torrid time in the Super 8s after dominating Super League in the run-up. They have lost to all three of the other semi-finalists in the last four games and only their regular season form has kept them in contention. That said, big wins to nil against Catalans and Widnes in August proved they can still put in a decent shift.
Both of these games will be incredibly close, but it would be a travesty if Warrington didn’t step out onto the pitch at Old Trafford a week on Saturday. They have been the most consistent side this season and deserve a shot at the trophy. St Helens have been good, if not particularly exciting, and Warrington should have enough to see them off, particularly given their home advantage.
Hull FC may well have fallen from grace dramatically in the latter part of the season, but having dominated Super League for such a long stretch of the year, they shouldn’t be discounted. The Black and Whites had an amazing six men included in the Super League Dream Team this week and Lee Radford’s squad have proven they can do it on the big stage, beating Warrington 12-10 at Wembley in last month’s Challenge Cup final. Wigan are on form, but they are vulnerable, and it is worth backing their visitors, who have lowered the bookies’ expectations enough to price them at a decent 11/8 on progressing to the final.
- Sports.net’s Top Tip - Hull FC to beat Wigan at 11/8 with Sky Bet
*Please note, odds may fluctuate in the lead-up to the matches.