With the season starting on Thursday night with a Wigan v Saints derby lets get into the final round of ante-posts / bets for the opener.
Top Tryscorer Market
Bet: Greg Eden
Odds: 8 Betfred WillHill
Rationale: I’d talked about Greg Eden top tryscorer before and before the Gale injury I was hoping to get 5% down on this. As it is I’ll take 1%. Eden was top tryscorer two years ago at a canter as was Denny Solomona when he was Castleford’s left winger. On top of that if we combine Cas LW numbers last year we see they scored a combined 32 tries from left wing alone. This is Eden’s position now and basically were betting o him to stay fit. I think that’s excellent value.
Thursday 31st Jan
St Helens v Wigan
Bet: St Helens 1-10
Odds: 3.25 Ladbrokes (If you cant get on take St Helens 1-12 at 2/1 188Bet
Rationale: In this season opener and this opening weekend in general Im expecting a lot of tight games and you cant think of many games historically tighter than Saints v Wigan.Im expecting a tight derby game and with the home advantage ad a little ore polish to Saints game right now with the long standing coach Im happy to side with the home side here.
Friday 1st February
Castleford v Catalans
Bet: Castleford 1-10
Odds: 3.4 Ladbrokes (If you cant get on take the 2/1 on Cas 1-12 at 188Bet
Rationale: Cas are a team you cant oppose at home but at the same time Catalans will want to set the tone in their first away game. Catalans were obviously good last year but will have to work a few things out with a brand new halves combo in Tomkins and Smith. Cas similarly have a few issues. Minikin moving into the centres makes them vulnerable in defence and without Gale reigns in their attacking threat.
Saturday 2nd February
Warrington v Leeds
Bet: Warrington 1-12
Odds: Betfair PaddyPower 188Bet
Rationale:Warrington are the better of two teams here and this is gonna be a weird game. With two trams with goal kickers I don’t really trust I think thats gonna make this game closer than people think. Im also definitely gonna end up on Blake Austin to score and get man of the match but this is a good place to start. Warrington are definite home value.