Super League Grand Final Betting Tips

Super League 2012By Mark Rawlinson

The domestic rugby league season comes to a climax at Old Trafford on Saturday evening with Warrington Wolves and Wigan Warriors battling it out in the Super League Grand Final.

Warrington will be aiming to make up for last year’s Grand Final defeat to Leeds Rhinos and secure their first ever Super League title.

It’s Wigan’s first final since 2010, the year they overcame St. Helens to win their second Grand Final and they will want to add to their silverware collection this season having already lifted the Challenge Cup back in August.

Warrington’s Chances

Warrington were the first team to book their place in this year’s Super League Grand Final after they dominated their semi-final against the Huddersfield Giants to come through 30-22 winners.

Joel Monaghan and Simon Grix both scored two tries for the Wolves last Thursday as they secured a second appearance in the the final in as many years.

The Wire finished the regular season in second place and coach Shaun Wane has named an un-named squad from the 19 that defeated Huddersfield.

Warrington have not lost to Wigan in any of their meetings this year. The pair drew 17-17 at Wigan early on in the season before the Wolves won their second Super League meeting 22-12. Warrington also won a pre-season friendly between the two sides.

Wigan’s Chances

Wigan came through a testing semi-final tie against Leeds Rhinos last Friday to secure their play-off final place and this week have been boosted by the news of a possible return for captain Sean O’Loughlin.

The loose forward has been absent for the Warriors since their Challenge Cup triumph over Hull FC in August with an Achilles problem.

But O’Loughlin had a protective boot removed on Monday and has passed a fitness test and could feature on Saturday after being named in the 19-man squad.

Warriors key man Sam Tomkins scored a try in their victory over the Rhinos last week and he’ll be eager to finish his spell at Wigan on a high before he completes a big money move to join NRL side New Zealand Warriors.

Wigan, who finished fourth in Super League this year, will become the first team to complete the Super League and Challenge Cup double since 2006, when St. Helens achieved the feat, if they win the Old Trafford showpiece.

Betting Odds

Warrington are the slight favourites going into the match, with Paddy Power providing the best odds of 10/11 on a Wolves victory.

The best price available on a Wigan win is currently 6/5, with Stan James, amongst others, offering those odds.

Joel Monaghan edges the first try scorer odds for the Grand Final, with William Hill providing odds of 8/1 on him scoring first.

They’re also offering 8/1 on Wigan’s Josh Charnley on scoring the first try in the match, whilst Stan James are pricing Sam Tomkins opening the scoring at 9/1.

The match kicks off at 6pm tomorrow and you can watch it live on Sky Sports 2.

You can see the latest Grand Final betting odds with BritBets by clicking HERE.

You can also claim free bets with Stan James by clicking HERE.