If you are a fan of rugby league, then you are definitely looking forward to the Super League which is set to begin on the 1st of February. This is one of the most renowned team competitions in rugby league, with 12 participating teams, 11 from England and one from France. The winners of the Super League then competes in the World Cup Challenge where they meet the Australasian champions, i.e. the team that has won the National Rugby League.
The Super League was established in 1996, instead of the RFL Championship. Since the Super League was established Leeds Rhinos have won 8 titles and they are the most successful team. Each of the teams in the Super League plays against all other times twice – once home and once away, plus one single game at a neutral venue during the Magic weekend. The top 8 teams then enter the Super8 stage and meet once more and then the top 4 of them enter the playoffs and the session concludes with the Grand Final.
Bookmakers are already offering odds for Super League betting. Some offer betting on the opening individual matches, other operators offer outright betting on the winner of the competition as a whole, or perhaps both options.
EnergyBet offers betting on individual matches of the Super League. The first week begins on February 1 when the current champions are hosted by the Warrington Wolves. The odds for the Wolves to win are 7/12, whereas the odds for the Rhinos are 13/10. You will receive £19 for a £1 bet on the draw. Half bets, handicap bets, halftime-fulltime and first team to score bets are also offered.
The second match will see the Giants from Huddersfield away at Hull FC, where the odds for the home team are 31/100, whereas the odds for the visitors are 9/4. The odds for the draw are again 19/1. On February 2 there are three matches, and the Wigan Warriors are the obvious favourites in their away match against the Red Devils – the odds for the Warriors are 6/24, compared to 14/5 for the home team. St Helens (23/33) will face the Castleford Tigers (9/8) and the Hull Kingston Rovers (12/11) will face the Wakefield Trinity Wildcats (5/7).
Finally, on February 4, Widnes Vikings (101/100) meet the only French team, the Catalan Dragons (7/9). The odds for a draw for all matches are either 19/1 or 18/1 where the teams are more evenly matched.
BetBright on the other hand only offers outright betting on the tournament, and if you think that you know which team might win Grand Final, these are BetBright’s odds – Wigan are the favourites at 7/2 odds, followed by Castleford at odds 4/1 and St Helens at odds 9/2. Hull FC (5/1) Leeds (6/1) and Warrington (7/1) closely follow and we can expect the title to be decided among these 6 teams.
The odds for the remaining 6 teams are much lower and it would be a right miracle if any of them manages to win the Grand Final. Huddersfield at 25/1 are a lot less likely to win compared to the Catalans and Wakefield – these two teams are given odds at 50/1. Salford’s odds to win are set at 80/1, whereas Hull Kingston Rovers are even less likely to win (150/1). Finally, a bet of Widnes of just £1, will result in a £200 win, provided that they actually managed to secure the trophy.
Genting Bet offers both outright betting, as well as individual match betting, although only match bet markets are available for the first 6 games. Genting Bet offers higher odds for a tie compared to EnergyBet, so if you feel that one of the matches might finish with a draw, placing your wager with Genting Bet would be a good option. The odds for the Warrington Wolves to win the first match against the Rhinos are 8/13, somewhat higher than the odds offered by EnerbyBet. The odds for St Helens to win are 3/4, also slightly higher than what EnergyBet offers.
However, the odds for Wakefield Trinity to win against Hull KR are 3/4, slightly lower than the odds offered by EnergyBet. If you’re planning on placing a wager, it is best to check what odds each bookie offers before making your decision.
As for the outright odds, they are somewhat lower for Wigan Warriors (10/3) compared to the odds offered by BetBright, and the odds for Castleford Tigers are also a bit lower. Generally, in most cases, the outright odds are lower than the ones offered by BetBright, whereas in some cases the odds are the same.
Betser covers a pretty wide range of bets and markets and it offers both outright betting, as well as match betting, including more than just the standard home/tie/away market. The odds for the Wolves to win in their first match are set to 3/5, which is somewhere in between compared to the odds offered by other bookmakers. The odds for a draw at Betser may vary from 17/1 up to 101/4, while most other bookies usually offer more standardised odds.
Various handicap bets are also offered and the offered handicap price depends on how likely either team is going to win. For example, if you think that the Rhinos can win the first match with a three-goal handicap, you can place this bet at odds 83/100. At Betser it is also possible to place a handicap bet on the first half result, an option which is rarely offered by other bookies. If you wish to bet on the Hull KR against Wakefield match and you feel that Wakefield will lead at half time, you can place this bet at 83/100 odds.
The odds for outright betting are similar to the odds offered by the other bookmakers, somewhat lower than the odds offered by BetBright.
TonyBet offers match betting odds for the six matches that’ll take place in the period between the 1st and the 4th of February. The odds for the Warrington Wolves to win in the opening match are higher than the odds offered by other bookies (18/25), whereas the odds for Leeds to win are somewhat smaller.
The odds for Hull FC to win are pretty low (1/4), but the odds for their opponents (Huddersfield) to win are 3/1, highest compared to all other bookies listed above. The odds for Castleford Tigers to win against St Helens are 6/5, odds that are higher than the odds offered by other bookmakers. The odds for Wakefield Trinity to win against Hull Kingston Rovers are 4/5 and that’s pretty much standard, most bookies offer odds are equal or very proximate to these. The odds for each match to end in a draw may vary significantly from 18/1 up to a maximum of 24/1 for a draw between Hull and Huddersfield.
All in all, the odds offered by the different bookmakers for a particular selection may vary which can have an effect on the expected winnings, therefore it is wise to check which bookie offers the highest price for a particular bet you wish to place.