Betfred Super League Season Preview - The Gambling Times

Betfred Super League Season Preview

The new Super League season is here and we take a look ahead to the 2018 campaign.

Last year we saw a truly dramatic victory for Leeds in the final, edging out rivals Castleford – who had dominated during the regular season.

Below we guide you through each side looking to claim the 2018 Super League title.

Castleford Tigers

Head coach: Daryl Powell
Star player: Luke Gale
Players In: Joe Wardle (Newcastle Knights), Garry Lo (Sheffield Eagles), Jamie Ellis (Huddersfield Giants), Mitch Clark (Hull KR), James Green (Leigh Centurions), James Clare (Leigh Centurions), Cory Aston (Leeds Rhinos)
Players Out: Andy Lynch (Retired), Joel Monaghan (Retired), Luke Million (Villeneuve Leopards), Tom Holmes (Featherstone Rovers), Ben Crooks (Leigh Centurions), Larne Patrick (Leigh Centurions), Kevin Larroyer (Leigh Centurions), Conor Fitzsimmons (Newcastle Thunder), Jamel Goodall (Bradford Bulls)
Last season: Beaten finalists
Prediction: 2nd
BetFred Super League odds: 5/1

Catalans Dragons

Head coach: Steve McNamara
Star player: David Mead
Players In: Lewis Tierney (Wigan Warriors), Antoni Maria (Catalans Dragons), Samisoni Langi (Leigh Centurions), Benjamin Jullien (Warrington Wolves), David Mead (Brisbane Broncos), Michael Mcilorum (Wigan Warriors)
Players Out: Richie Myler (Leeds Rhinos), Thomas Bosc (Retired), Justin Horo (Wakefield Trinity), Jordan Dezaria (Leigh Centurions), Luke Burgess (Salford Red Devils), Krisnan Inu (Widnes Vikings), Thibault Franck (Hull KR)
Last season: Won the Million Pound relegation game
Prediction: 10th
BetFred Super League odds: 50/1

Huddersfield Giants

Head coach: Rick Stone
Star player: Jermaine McGillvary
Players In: Adam Walne (Salford Red Devils), Colton Roche (Bradford Bulls)
Players Out: Harry Woollard (Dewsbury Rams), Sam Rapira (Toulouse Olympique), Jamie Ellis (Castleford Tigers), Nathan Mason (Leigh Centurions – loan), Mikey Wood (Bradford Bulls – loan), Billy Hayes (Dewsbury Rams), Izaac Farrell (Batley Bulls – loan), Liam Johnson (Bradford Bulls – loan), Jared Simpson (Dewsbury Rams – loan)
Last season: Finished eighth
Prediction: 9th
BetFred Super League odds: 33/1

Hull FC

Head coach: Lee Radford
Star player: Albert Kelly
Players In: Bureta Faraimo (NZ Warriors), Hakim Miloudi (AS Carcassonne), Mickey Paea (Newcastle Knights)
Players Out: Gareth Ellis (Retired), Mahe Fonua (Wests Tigers), Jordan Thompson (Leigh Centurions)
Last season: Top-four play-offs
Prediction: 6th
BetFred Super League odds: 11/2

Hull KR  

Head coach: Tim Sheens
Star player: Danny McGuire
Players Ins: Will Dagger (Warrington Wolves), Thibault Franck (Catalans Dragons), Tommy Lee (St Helens), Danny McGuire (Leeds Rhinos), Jordan Walne (Sallford Red Devils), Connor Williams (Salford Red Devils)
Players Outs: Jake Butler-Fleming (York City Knights), Mitch Clark (Castleford Tigers), Ben Cockayne (York City Knights), Zach Dockar-Clay (Townsville Blackhawks), Will Jubb (York City Knights)
Last season: Promoted from the Championship after finishing third in the qualifiers
Prediction: 11th
BetFred Super League odds: 250/1

Leeds Rhinos

Head coach: Brian McDermott
Star player: Ryan Hall
Players In: Brad Dwyer (Warrington Wolves), Richie Myler (Catalans Dragons), Nathaniel Peteru (Gold Coast Titans)
Players Out: Cory Aston (Castleford Tigers), Jordan Baldwinson (Featherstone Rovers), Rob Burrow (Retired)
Danny McGuire (Hull KR)
Last season: Champions
Prediction: 5th
BetFred Super League odds: 13/2

Salford Red Devils

Head coach: Ian Watson
Star player: Robert Lui
Players In: Gavin Bennion (Rochdale Hornets), Luke Burgess (Catalans Dragons), Jack Littlejohn (Wests Tigers), Ben Nakubuwai (Gold Coast Titans), Levy Nzoungou (St Helens)
Players Out: Liam Bent (Released), Todd Carney (Released), Michael Dobson (Released), Olsi Krasniqi (Toronto Wolfpack), Ben Murdoch-Masila (Warrington Wolves), Adam Walne (Huddersfield Giants), Jordan Walne (Hull Kingston Rovers), Connor Williams (Hull Kingston Rovers)
Last season: Finished 7th
Prediction: 8th
BetFred Super League odds: 150/1

St Helens

Head coach: Justin Holbrook
Star player: James Roby
Players In: James Bentley (Bradford Bulls)
Players Out: Greg Richards (Leigh Centurions), Tommy Lee (Hull KR), Matty Fleming (London Broncos), Brad Bilsborough (Whitehaven)
Last season: Finished 4th
Prediction: 4th
BetFred Super League odds: 9/2

Wakefield Trinity

Head coach: Chris Chester
Star player: Mason Caton-Brown
Players In: Jordan Baldwinson (Leeds Rhinos), Ryan Hampshire (Leigh Centurions), Juston Horo (Catalans Dragons), Pauli Pauli (Newcastle Knights)
Players Out: Mitch Allgood (St George Illawarra Dragons), Judah Mazive (York City Knights), Mikey Sio (Released), Sam Williams (Canberra Raiders)
Last season: 5th
Prediction: 7th
BetFred Super League odds: 50/1

Warrington Wolves

Head coach: Steve Price
Star player: Tyrone Roberts
Players In: Sitaleki Akauola (Penrith Panters), Mitch Brown (Leigh Centurions), Bryson Goodwin (South Sydney Rabbitohs), Luis Johnson (Catalans Dragons), Ben Mutdoch-Masila (Salford Red Devils), Tyrone Roberts (Gold Coast Titans)
Players Out: Matty Blythe (Retired), Will Dagger (Hull KR), Brad Dwyer (Leeds Rhinos), Rhys Evans (Leigh Centurions), Kurt Gidley (Retired), Lewis Hatton (Rochdale Hornets), Peta Hiku (NZ Warriors), Kevin Penny (Released), Ben Pomeroy (Lezignan Sangliers), Andre Savelio (Brisbane Broncos), Ashton Sims (Toronto Wolfpack), Joe Westerman (Toronto Wolfpack), Sam Wilde (Widnes Vikings)
Last season: 9th
Prediction: 3rd
BetFred Super League odds: 6/1

Widnes Vikings

Head coach: Denis Betts
Star player: Krisnan Inu
Players In: Stanton Albert (PNG Hunters), Wellington Albert (PNG Hunters), Krisnan Inu (Catalans Dragons), Sam Wilde (Warrington Wolves)
Players Out: Tom Armstrong (Toronto Wolfpack), Chris Bridge (Retired), Jack Buchanan (Released), Manase Manuokafoa (Racing Club Albi XIII), Eamon O’Carroll (Retired), Corey Thompson (Wests Tigers)
Last season: 12th
Prediction: 12th
BetFred Super League odds: 300/1

Wigan Warriors

Head coach: Shaun Wane
Star player: Sean O’Loughlin
Players In:  Gabriel Hamlin (South Sydney Rabbitohs), Dan Sarginson (Gold Coast Titans)
Players Out: Gabriel Fell (Swinton Lions), Anthony Gelling (NZ Warriors), Nick Gregson (Leigh Centurions), Michael Mcilorum (Catalans Dragons), Kyle Shelford (Swinton Lions), Lewis Tierney (Catalans Dragons)
Last season: 7th
Prediction: 1st – Champions
BetFred Super League odds: 5/1

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