Bookies believe only that quartet of teams possesses a realistic hope of Grand Final success in the Super League this year, namely defending champions Wigan, 2010 beaten finalists St Helens, Warrington and Leeds. However, punters don’t need to concentrate on those sides if they want a flutter because in the betting without the ‘big four’, a decent flutter stands out.
New Bradford coach Mick Potter has made huge and necessary changes since taking over at Odsal, bringing in a host of players with Super League experience like Matt Diskin and Olivier Elima while halfback Marc Herbert, brought in from Canberra, can adapt quickly to life on these shores.
The Bulls can surprise a few people then and they’re decent value at 9/2 with Betfred to be the best of the rest, although Huddersfield, 5/2 favourites in that department, pose a threat and the ambitious Giants are sure to finish in the top six.
Punters seeking an absolute banker, that don’t mind waiting for their return, can back Potter’s Bradford charges at 4/7 (888Sport) to finish in the top eight and the Bulls are also given a 13-point start in Betfred’s handicaps at 9/1.
Elsewhere, Saints halfback Kyle Eastmond is set for a big season if he can steer clear of injury and at 20/1 with Coral, he’s a decent each-way bet to be the top regular season try scorer and Wigan’s Sam Tomkins is a worthy favourite at 7/1 courtesy of William Hill in the Man of Steel betting.
Hills meanwhile, also mark an enticing 16/1 against promising Saints back-row forward Shaun Magennis clinching the Rookie of the Year prize.
Bradford in the betting without the ‘big four’ – 9/2 (Betfred)
Sam Tomkins to be Man of Steel – 7/1 (William Hill)
Kyle Eastmond (each-way, 4 places, 1/4 odds) to be top regular season try scorer – 20/1 (Coral)