Super League Play-off Betting Tips

Super League 2012By Mark Rawlinson

The regular league season may be done and dusted but the play-offs are what separate the men from the boys, as the remaining eight teams set their sights firmly on the Old Trafford Grand Final.

There are four games on this weekend in the opening stage of the play-offs with two qualifying ties and two elimination ties.

Huddersfield Giants v Wigan Warriors (Thursday)

Huddersfield won the league leaders shield just over a week ago after finishing top of the Super League table meaning they have home advantage in this elimination tie.

Giants coach Paul Anderson fielded a weakened side on Saturday afternoon and they were duly hammered 58-6 but this of course means he’ll have a fresh squad going into tonight’s game.

Huddersfield won both the matches against Wigan in the regular league season and go into this game as favourites with Ladbrokes offering the best odds of 8/13. The best price available on a Wigan win is 7/4 with Coral.

The winners of this will go straight into the semi-finals whilst the losers will be given another chance in the preliminary semi-finals next weekend.

This game kicks off at 8pm and is live on Sky Sports 1.

Hull FC v Catalan Dragons (Friday)

Tomorrow evening sees the first of the two qualifying ties with Hull FC hosting the Catalan Dragons. It’s do or die for these two sides with the winner progressing through to the preliminary semi-finals whilst the losers will be eliminated from the play-offs.

Hull go into this clash in good form, having won four of their last five Super League matches and lead the head-to-head against Catalan 2-1. They both have one win to their name in Super League whilst Hull won the Challenge Cup quarter-final meeting 24-13 back in July.

Hull, who finished sixth, one place above Catalan, are favourites going into the game, with Sportingbet providing the best odds of 4/6. The best price available on an away win is 6/4, offered by Paddy Power.

This game is also live on Sky Sports 1 from 8pm on Friday.

Warrington Wolves v Leeds Rhinos (Saturday)

The first of the two games on Saturday is the elimination tie between Warrington Wolves and defending Super League champions Leeds Rhinos.

The game is a repeat of last year’s Grand Final where Leeds stormed to a second consecutive title, winning 26-18. But the Rhinos face a tough task on Saturday afternoon as Wigan have won 11 of the last 12 Super League matches.

The Warriors are therefore favourites for this one with Sportingbet offering the best odds at 4/6 whilst Stan James provide the best offer on a Leeds win at 6/4.

St. Helens v Hull KR (Saturday)

The final play-off game of the weekend follows on the Saturday as fifth place finishers St. Helens take on Hull KR, who took the last play-off spot.

The Saints have traditionally been a very successful play-off side, reaching Old Trafford on six consecutive occasions between 2006 and 2011, although only winning the final once in 2006.

Hull go into this one in terrible form, having won only one of their last six Super League matches, whilst in comparison, the Saints have only lost one of their last seven.

St. Helens will fancy their chances for this one and are big favourites heading into the match, Sportingbet offering the best odds of 2/7.

The best price on a Hull victory is provided by Stan James at 4/1.

The two games on Saturday are both live on Sky Sports 3 and start at 3pm and 5pm respectively.

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