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Super League XXII preview

Super League XXII preview

2017 sees the 22nd Super League and it promises to be another exciting season over 23 rounds of matches.
2016 saw the first promotion top the top flight in six years, with the top flight also unexpectedly losing Hull KR. Keep reading for our Super League XXII betting preview.

Reigning champions the favourites in the rugby betting

Over the last couple of seasons the Super League has become more and more unpredictable, meaning it’s tougher to predict the outcome but possible to profit with some canny choices.
Last year Wigan Warriors finished third in the regular season before dispatching Warrington Wolves in the Grand Final and the champions look every bit as strong this season.
They have retained the bulk of the squad that won last year’s showpiece and with Joe Burgess having turned down a contract offer from South Sydney to return, their attack remains strong.
Of course the champions don’t always go well – you only have to look at the Rhinos finishing in the bottom four last year – but Wigan are worthy favourites at 5/2.
Yet again it was ‘close but no cigar’ for Warrington last season and the Wolves have yet to win a Grand Final. They also lost the Challenge Cup final and will be keep to grab some silverware this time around.
Kevin Brown looks like a sound replacement for Chris Sandow and there is plenty of experience at half-back. They are 11/4 to finally break their Grand Final duck.
St Helens have been dealt a blow with an injury to new signing Matty Smith but they have recruited well this winter with Luke Douglas looking an eye-catching addition to Saints’ front row. They are just 8/15 to secure a top four finish.
Castleford Tigers have just missed out on the play-offs in the last couple of seasons but could finally make the end-of-season matches in 2017.
The Tigers have been improving over recent years and boast new England international Luke Gale – a real creative presence – and former Man of Steel winner Zak Hardaker in their ranks. Castleford are 7/4 for a top-four finish which looks like great value.
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Vikings lead the ‘bottom of the table’ Super League betting

While their city rivals were being relegated from the Super League, Hull FC finished top of the regular season table, making the play-offs where they lost to eventual champions Wigan.
It will be tough for Hull to repeat their heroics of last season, especially since they have lost the experience of Frank Pritchard and Kirk Yeaman. They are odds-on to finish in the top four but there’s not much value in that bet.
The demise of Leeds Rhinos was one of the big stories of last season and having missed out on the play-offs in 2016 they are expected to improve this year. With a young side it will be tough for the 2015 champions to make the top four, although they are just 1/5 to make the top eight this time around.
Huddersfield Giants finished bottom of the regular season table last year and their recruitment has been underwhelming. Saying that, their pre-season results have been good and if they can get off to a good start they could start looking up rather than down. The Giants are odds-on for a top eight finish.
With two minutes to go of last season’s Million Pound Game it looked as if Salford Red Devils were destined for the drop. Trailing 18-10, a try from Niall Evalds and Greg Johnson’s score with the last play of normal time levelled the scores, before Gareth O’Brien kicked a dramatic drop-goal in golden-point extra time.
The addition of Todd Carney should help the Red Devils this season and there’s a bit of value in the 13/8 available on them finishing in the top eight.
Leigh Centurions are the first promoted team in six years and will need to continue their strong home record to have any chance of staying up this season. Their battle at the bottom is likely to be with Widnes Vikings and Wakefield Trinity with the Vikings the 11/4 favourites to finish bottom of the table.

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