New season countdown: Place your bets on a Grand Final repeat
The dramatic and nerve-shattering ending to last year's Grand Final between Saints and Wigan Warriors at Hull is reflected by the bookies' odds ahead of the 2021 Betfred Super League season..
Both are quoted as 9/4 favourites to win the Old Trafford showdown and that's hardly surprising as the 2020 battle of the giants went down to the wire - being decided by a last-gasp try from St Helens youngster Jack Welsby and described by one onlooker as 'Rugby League's Augero moment' when the Manchester City striker struck a title-clinching 3-2 winner in the dying embers of their clash with QPR in May 2012.
Full odds: St Helens 9/4, Wigan 9/4, Warrington 13/2, Castleford 12/1, Catalans 12/1, Huddersfield 12/1, Hull FC 12/1, Leeds 12/1, Hull KR 50/1, Salford 50/1, Wakefield 50/1, Leigh 66/1.
Challenge Cup leading contenders: St Helens 4/1, Warrington 4/1, Wigan 4/1,Catalans 8/1, Leeds 10/1,Hull FC 12/1, Castleford 12/1, Huddersfield 12/1, Wakefield 20/1 Salford 20/1, Hull KR 33/1,Leigh 40/1.
Relegation from Super League: Leigh 10/11, Hull KR 4/1, Wakefield 9/2, Salford 5/1, Catalans 25/1, Hull FC 33/1, Leeds 40/1, Castleford 40/1, Huddersfield 40/1 Warrington 100/1, Wigan 250/1, Saints 250/1.
At international level, it is little wonder Australia have been installed as red-hot favourites to retain the world crown toward the end of this year. with England, who they beat 6-0 in the final four years ago, and New Zealand realistically their main challengers.
But don't rule out the ever-improving Tonga who are under the wings of St Helens head coach Kristian Woolf and reached the last four of the competition in 2017.
Odds: Australia 3/10, England 6/1, New Zealand 6/1, Tonga 10/1 Samoa 40/1, Fiji 50/1, Papua New Guinea 100/1, Scotland 150/1, Wales 150/1. Cook Islands 200/1, France 250/, Ireland 250/1,Lebanon 250/1, Greece 500/1, Jamaica 500/1, Italy 500/1.