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Five Grand Final bets for the Rugby League novice!

| 11.10.2014

Rugby league may have started out as a provincial sport played by the working class in mining communities across Yorkshire, Lancashire and Cumbria; however, over the last 20 years even Sky have identified the chance to get in on franchise opportunities as it becomes more widespread.

As a result, Coral have also jumped in on the act. All season we have brought you weekly coverage of this action-packed sport, which is easier to understand than football, quite often more entertaining and, once your hooked, easy to win money on from betting.

After a pulsating play-off period, which featured eight teams that finished the highest in the Super League table, two teams with a rich history, Wigan and St Helens, take each other on in the showpiece – so-called ‘the Grand Final’. Coral offer a betting preview for all fans old and new, with the best value prices to make the match more interesting.

St Helens winning margin 6-10 points, 7/1
In two out of the last three victories for the Saints against Wigan, the winning margin has been between six and 10 points, so odds of 7/1 are great value with this expected to be a very close game between two good teams. It may well be a close opening quarter, though the pendulum is bound to swing multiple times during the 80 minutes.

Joel Tomkins anytime scorer, 9/4
Wigan’s centre will have former teammate and older brother Sam in the crowd, which worked as an added motivator as the Warriors beat Warrington in the semi-final, with Tomkins grabbing a try in the process.

Successful Drop Goal, 2/1
A drop goal is utilised in a tight game, often in the last couple of minutes of a game, if two teams are level. There is a great chance of this happening in a match of this magnitude, and there are great odds on offer.

Tommy Makinson to score first, 8/1
St Helens’ sensation has had a prolific season, crossing the whitewash on 25 occasions for Nathan Brown’s side. Generous odds are offered on him breaking the deadlock in the Grand Final.

Mose Masoe anytime scorer, 13/2
The prop forward was hugely impressive in the semi-final against Catalan, and is a human wrecking ball. He can breach opposition defence effortlessly when they camp on the try line, and anytime scorer odds are fantastic value.

Premier League Tips
Hertha to beat Hoffenheim
Schalke to beat Dortmund
Dusseldorf to win at Paderborn


Matt Haynes

A long-suffering Leeds fan, Matt studied Sports Journalism at university, and has a plethora of multi-industry experience. Having worked on behalf of multiple hedge funds and top-tier investment banks in executive search, he has also had a stint with the BBC and the Press Association. Outside of work, he pursues entrepreneurial activities and likes to keep fit.
Although he has interviewed current England manager Roy Hodgson as well as Rafa Benitez and a number of other names, he is honoured to have spent time in the company of Gordon Banks. Matt enjoys cultivating long-lasting professional and personal relationships, is solution orientated, and supports Coral’s sports content provision.