Super League 2018 Round 18 Betting Preview
Round 17 of Super League 2017 saw more turmoil for Wigan, who are beset by issues on and off the field. In addition, Leeds Rhinos fell further behind the frontrunners following a shock defeat to neighbours Huddersfield. Castleford beat Warrington to draw level on points with their opponents, and St Helens pulled further away at the top of the table.
Round 18 is upon us this weekend, and there are some fascinating games in store that affect both the top and bottom of the table. Who will come through this round victorious? Take a look at Sports.net’s Super League 2018 Round 18 betting preview.
Salford Red Devils v Widnes Vikings
- Thursday 14th June, 7:45pm
Salford Red Devils sit a disappointing tenth in Super League, although they have shown flashes of being a decent team at times this season. However, they have now lost five on the bounce, including defeats to fellow strugglers Huddersfield and Catalans. Last weekend’s 45-14 capitulation to Hull FC could have been even worse, with the Greater Manchester side going in at half time 37-0 down.
Widnes Vikings are on an even worse run, having lost nine in a row. A convincing defeat to Catalans last week, which was Francis Cummins’ first game in charge as interim coach, left them rooted to the bottom of the table, with just three victories to their name in 2018. The last time they won was in March. Their opponents on that day? Salford.
If it was possible for both teams to lose, that is exactly what would happen at the AJ Bell Stadium on Thursday.
Vikings’ season started brightly, with two wins in their first four games. That included a victory over Leeds, which was impressive even given the Yorkshire side’s injury woes. Things have deteriorated since then, culminating with them parting company with coach Denis Betts. With Cummins having had another week in charge of affairs since the Catalans game, could supporters see an upturn in fortunes?
If they are ever going to snatch that fourth victory of the season, it could be against a despondent Salford side. The home side are favourites, but that means very little in this scrap for survival.
Widnes to win with a 6-point head start seems a decent shot at 10/11 with Betfred, as does William Hill’s 11/10 on Vikings to score the first try. They will feel they have a shout in this tie, and could well come out to catch Salford on the hop.
Sports.net’s Top Tip
|To Score the First Try||
Leeds Rhinos v St Helens
- Friday 15th June, 7:45pm
Leeds Rhinos have disappointed this year by their high standards. Last year’s champions now languish in seventh and have lost more than they have won. Injuries have plagued the Headingley side this year, and defeats in the last two rounds to struggling Catalans and Huddersfield mean they might struggle to make the Super 8s, let alone the play-offs.
Saint Helens have led Super League since the beginning of the season, and are now pulling away from the pack. Wigan’s mini implosion means Saints are six points clear and on a run of six wins in a row. Ben Barba and Mark Percival have scored a mighty 34 tries between them and the Merseysiders look all but unstoppable.
Leeds might be on a shocker of a run and up against the league’s mightiest outfit, but to offer 9/4 on Rhinos to win a home game seems outrageous. Yes, current form suggests they will emerge from Friday’s game with an unwanted fifth defeat in a row, but rugby doesn’t always run to form.
Rhinos are a big club with a strong squad and Headingley is a difficult place to visit, even if you are St Helens. There will be no end of takers on this bet, for certain.
William Hill’s 6/5 on the home team to score first is also worth considering, especially if you think they will come out strongly, but Saints will have too much for them overall. You can also find 10/11 from Betfred on Leeds to prevail with an 8-point start in this potentially tight affair.
Sports.net's Top Tip
|To Score First||