Super League 2018 Betting Odds and Weekly Preview

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Updated Tuesday 2nd October 2018, 02:15 PM


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 7 Betting Preview

The final four of Super League 2018 was finally settled in Round 6, with St Helens, Wigan, Castleford and Warrington heading into the play-offs in that order. With the semi-final fixture list sorted, Super 8s Round 7 could be an interesting one. The bottom four have a last chance to shine on the field before the winter break, whilst the teams moving on to the next phase must decide whether to rest key men before the play-offs or attempt to go into the final four with all guns blazing.

Take a look at Sports.net’s Super 8s Round 7 betting preview for a look at the last four fixtures before the excitement and heartache of the play-offs.

St Helens v Castleford Tigers

  • Friday 28th September, 7:45pm

Form

St Helens beat Warrington Wolves by a comfortable 34-14 last week, showing no signs of slowing down as they head towards the play-offs. It was their third league win in a row following a minor late-season wobble and gives the leaders the psychological advantage ahead of the two teams meeting again in the semi-final.

Castleford Tigers trounced local rivals Wakefield 42-10 last time out, but will have to settle for an away semi-final against Wigan, as the Cherry and Whites also grabbed two points. Greg Eden grabbed the headlines on Friday night, claiming four of Tigers’ seven tries as they notched up their eleventh straight success against their fellow West Yorkshire side.

Type Odds Provider Bet Now
Winner
St Helens
4/11
Castleford
13/5
Draw
20/1
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Sports.net’s View

At any other point of the season, with these two teams in such good form, you would expect fireworks at the Totally Wicked Stadium. However, the result can’t affect where either team finishes, and that may mean both rest crucial players ahead of the final four. Of course, whichever players they field will want to round off the Super 8s with a win, but it makes it fairly difficult to call.

You might be best sticking to the winning margin market and predicting a victory for either side by between 1 and 12 points. As for which team will prevail, you would normally expect Saints to do the job at home, but this is very far from a ‘normal’ game.

Wakefield Trinity v Warrington Wolves

  • Friday 28th September, 7:45pm

Form

Wakefield Trinity once again failed to get one over on their neighbours Castleford last Friday. They have alternated victories and defeats throughout the Super 8s, but are assured a fifth-placed finish if they win on Friday night, barring Huddersfield smashing the all-time Super League scoring record.

Warrington Wolves are destined to visit the winners of the league leaders’ shield in the play-offs. They put in an underpar display against St Helens last week, and few will expect them to come away from their semi-final with anything. Wire are understandably the outsiders going into the final phase of the season.

Type Odds Provider Bet Now
Winner
Wakefield
6/5
Warrington
8/11
Draw
20/1
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Sports.net’s View

Wire are suffering from injuries at the moment, and will surely take the opportunity to rest some talent for what is, for them, a fairly meaningless tie. However, it’s Wakefield’s final game of the season, their last hurrah in front of their own fans and the chance to seal their position as ‘the best of the rest’ outside the top four.

With that in mind, this should be a straightforward home win, and there might even be a significant margin too.

Wigan Warriors v Hull FC

  • Friday 28th September, 7:45pm

Form

Wigan Warriors claimed their seventh league win in a row last weekend, seeing off Huddersfield 13-6 at the John Smiths Stadium. Warriors will take on Castleford in the semi-finals

Hull FC went down to a 26-20 defeat at the hands of fellow strugglers Catalans Dragons. It was the Black and Whites’ tenth defeat on the bounce, an unwanted record for Lee Radford’s men. Admittedly they came closer to earning a point or two than during most of the other games on that run, but that will be of little comfort.

Type Odds Provider Bet Now
Winner
Wigan
1/25
Hull
12/1
Draw
50/1
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Sports.net’s View

Wigan will surely rest players, but even then they should have enough to put a dismal Hull side to the sword. The end of the season can't come soon enough for the Airlie Birds, who will do well to keep it respectable on Friday night. Wigan/Wigan in the Half Time/Full Time market seems a decent option if you want a little more value than a straight winner bet.

Catalans Dragons v Huddersfield Giants

  • Saturday 29th September, 5:30pm (UK time)

Form

Catalans Dragons’ win over Hull FC was enough to leapfrog them over the East Yorkshire side. It was a first win in seven league games for the Challenge Cup winners, who have Kenny Edwards to thank for a late try, which Lucas Albert converted, to pull away from their opponents.

Huddersfield Giants fell to their fourth defeat in a row, when they suffered a 13-6 reverse at home to Wigan last week. Their crumbling form coincided with the realisation that a play-off finish was just beyond them, but that shouldn’t take away from an extraordinary season at the John Smiths Stadium. Just to be in any sort of contention was a real credit to the way Simon Woolford’s side pulled together in the latter half of the regular campaign.

Type Odds Provider Bet Now
Winner
Catalans
8/11
Huddersfield
11/10
Draw
20/1
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Sports.net’s View

Giants have seemingly checked out for the winter and this journey to Perpignan is a warm up for the flights they are surely booked on in the next couple of weeks. Those journeys will take them on well deserved post-season holidays, and it’s fairly clear that the outcome of this game will not affect their enjoyment of that break either way.

Catalans have the home advantage, and that is likely to be enough to take the points at the Stade Gilbert Brutas.


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