DISCLAIMER: ODDS AND ARTICLE UPDATED 26/01/2019, 13:20.
The new Super League season is nearly upon us and once again it looks like being an open contest between four of the biggest names in the sport.
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Saints the team to beat
St Helens to win Grand Final @ 7/2 - BET NOW
Saints fans will still be scratching their heads to figure out how they did not win more than the League Leaders’ Shield in 2018. Justin Holbrook’s side looked like they were going to match Leeds Rhinos’ 2015 achievement and win the treble, but the campaign unravelled when it mattered at the end of the season.
St Helens will be without Man of Steel Ben Barba after the full-back, who took the Super League by storm, decided to make a swift return to Australia. The loss of Barba will be a blow although Holbrook has developed Saints into a quality side and they will have learned plenty from the disappointment of last season.
Can Super League's nearly men finally become champions?
Warrington to win Grand Final @ 4/1 - BET NOW
Another season went by in 2018 when Warrington thought of what might have been as Super League’s nearly men finish runners-up to champions Wigan Warriors. The Wire are a side that can dismantle any other in the competition on their day, as they showed last season when they thrashed Hull FC 80-10.
With Steve Price producing an exciting brand of rugby at the Halliwell Jones Stadium, there is no reason why Warrington can’t go all the way this season, but they have been there before and failed to deliver.
Will changes dent back-to-back Super League victories for Wigan?
Wigan to win Grand Final @ 11/2 - BET NOW
Reigning champions Wigan have seen dramatic changes at the club since they lifted the trophy in Manchester, with Adrian Lam replacing head coach Shaun Wane at the DW Stadium. England full-back Sam Tomkins and centre John Bateman have also moved on to different challenges in France and Australia respectively.
This would suggest it could a turbulent season at Wigan although the squad is still filled with experienced players that should keep them on the straight and narrow. With former Castleford Tigers and Leeds Rhinos full-back Zak Hardaker joining up, Wigan have a real talent on their hands if he can rekindle some of the form that earned him recognition for England.
Are Leeds back in contention after last season's meltdown?
Leeds to win Grand Final @ 8/1 - BET NOW
You can never write off Leeds in the Super League betting and the Rhinos will be determined to put a disappointing 2018 behind them. When Leeds won the treble in 2015, they found themselves in the Qualifiers the following season before going on to win the title the campaign after that.
The Rhinos followed up their 2017 title success with a disappointing campaign last year, so 2019 could see Leeds return as a real force if the trend continues. Leeds have invested in some strong NRL talent, with the likes of Tui Lolohea, Konrad Hurrell and Trent Merrin all making the move from Down Under.
With David Furner at the helm, it will be interesting to see if he can follow in the footsteps of Holbrook and Price by making an immediate impact in Super League.
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