Odds: Castleford 53/100, Draw 22/1, Leeds 17/10
Kick Off: 1800, 07/10/2017
Stadium: Old Trafford
TV: Sky Sports
Castleford are firm favourites to triumph in their first Super League Grand Final at the expense of seven-time Old Trafford champions Leeds.
The Tigers showed some jitters before sneaking past St Helens in the semi-finals, but they are a clear form pick on this season’s previous encounters with the Rhinos.
If Daryl Powell’s side can hold their nerve, they should be suited by this big pitch and appeal at 91/100 to win by more than four points in our Super League Grand Final betting tips.
A Look At Castleford Tigers’ Betting Odds
Luke Gale went from hospital ward to hero when landing the last-gasp penalty and golden-point drop goal that helped Castleford beat St Helens 23-22 – just 16 days after having his appendix removed.
The Tigers had looked on the ropes as Saints ran in three tries in the last 10 minutes to edge in front and will want more from their forwards at the Theatre of Dreams.
However, even with full-back Zak Hardaker dropped for “a breach of club rules”, we still feel they have enough potential match-winners in their backs to overcome a solid, but unspectacular Leeds side.
Greg Eden crossed for 38 tries this term, with fellow Cas winger Greg Minikin touching down 19 times, whereas the Rhinos’ leading scorer was hooker Matt Parcell on 17. That highlights how rampant the Tigers could be out wide if able to grind out the hard yards up front and then unleash their explosive backs.
Cas have won the last eight meetings between these teams, with some big margins of victory, so 53/100 for the Tigers to triumph again is hard to argue with in the Super League Grand Final betting odds.
A Look At Leeds Rhinos’ Betting Odds
Leeds coach Brian McDermott was overcome with emotion after his team beat Hull 18-16 in the second semi-final at Headingley.
The 2015 champions are back on Super League’s biggest stage a year after finishing down in ninth place and that is testimony to the team spirit instilled by McDermott during some dark days.
“He’s proved himself to be the most successful coach in the club’s history and one of the most successful coaches in the game’s history, so that’s quite an accolade and something we’re grateful for,” said chief executive Gary Hetherington.
Getting to Old Trafford represents a huge turnaround from Leeds’ humiliating 66-10 defeat by the Tigers in March, after which it was reported that McDermott’s job was on the line unless there was a marked improvement in the next four fixtures.
We just wonder whether the Rhinos will have enough left in the tank for one more colossal effort, especially with hard-working forwards Stevie Ward and Brett Delaney picking up injuries.
This season’s head-to-head results: Castleford 38 Leeds 24, Leeds 12 Castleford 23, Castleford 29 Leeds 18, Castleford 66 Leeds 10
Last six matches: Castleford W L W W W W Leeds W W W L W W
Top try scorers: Greg Eden (Castleford) 38; Matt Parcell (Leeds) 17
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