Super League 2014 betting
Super League gets underway on Friday as Wigan meet Huddersfield, but we don’t think that match is likely to be pivotal in deciding who goes on to win silverware in the league this campaign. We’ll give a short run down of the major ins and outs this season, ranking the teams expected to challenge for the title in the order we see it, then try to pull out a couple of value bets.
Leeds (Predicted 1st): We reckon it could have been a great winter of business for Rhinos, who have brought in Paul Aiton and Tom Briscoe. The addition of Briscoe to an already formidable attacking group of players gives Rhinos cover for injuries as the season progresses, and they have retained the nucleas of a very good set of players from last season. Expect improvements this time around.
Huddersfield (Predicted 2nd): Arguably the strongest side last year and while they have plenty to prove when it comes to the play-offs, they showed what a good side they can be. Paul Anderson has already indicated that finishing top of the regular season pile is a take-it or leave-it honour, which could be a determing factor come the end of the season. Jodie Broughton joins from Salford which is probably the pick of the summer moves.
St Helens (Predicted 3rd): Can only move forwards this season and may have plugged the long-standing issue at half-back with the addition of Luke Walsh from Penrith. He arrives with a decent report to his name, and it will be interesting to see what he’s capable of.
Warrington (Predicted 4th): Lee Briers has retired and that can only be a bad thing for Wolves, while Brett Hodgson is also gone along with Adrian Morley. A season of recovery therefore looks on the cards and we certainly can’t see them troubling the top couple of spots in Super League this season. Richie Myler and Stefan Ratchford have been recruited at least, which should prevent Wolves slipping too far from grace.
Wigan (Predicted 5th): Sam Tomkins decision to head for the Australian sunshine is obviously the move of the summer and will leave Wigan with a massive hole to fill. Their record with Tomkins was well documented while he played for the club and the loss of Lee Mossop adds further to Wigan’s issues. It’s hard to see any of those who have come in having a really ground breaking impact and we reckon Wigan go backwards this season.
Available at 5/1, Leeds looks the stand-out pick given their strength throughout the squad and their proven track record in the play off stage. They should give themselves a great head-start this season with a good regular season finish and look the team to beat.
In the Top Try Scorer market, we reckon Josh Charnley could be worth a dabble this season as Wigan look to him to add more tries to his already highly impressive return - he should get more chances than ever with Tomkins departed now and could get well into the 30s. He’s 7/1 to be the Top Tryscorer for a second season running and that could look a great bet in a couple of months time.
|Leeds Rhinos||Grand Final Winner
|Josh Charnley||Top Scorer Award