The Super League season has almost reached its conclusion but there’s one final match to be played before the 2021 champion is crowned. Catalans Dragons and St Helens are the last two teams standing and will go head-to-head on Saturday at Old Trafford. Read on to inform your 2021 Super League Grand Final predictions.
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Date: October 9, 2021
Venue: Old Trafford
Bet: Catalans Dragons vs. St. Helens odds
A capacity crowd will be in attendance, with millions of more fans worldwide watching the action live on television. Both Dragons and St Helens are here on merit and enter Saturday’s match believing they are good enough to lift the trophy and add their name to an illustrious list of Super League Grand Final champions.
Saturday’s match will be the culmination of the 24th edition of one of Rugby League’s best-loved competitions. This is the final fans wanted to see and the final they deserved this season as Super League XXVI pairs the teams that finished first and second in the regular season following a hectic campaign. Will this match follow the form of the regular season or will we have an upset?
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Super League stats and trends
Correctly predicting the winner of the Super League Grand Final is no mean feat and the difficulty increases as you delve into the various betting markets, especially those with big odds attached. Following the competition’s stats and trends often lends a helping hand to followers of Rugby League. When adding the stats and trends of the tournament to the recent form, we often end with a strong idea of how a match will play out. Let’s start digging.
Leeds rank as the Super League’s most successful team in history with no fewer than eight Grand Final wins already on their record. The famous team won their first gong back in 2004 and adopted an instant love for winning. The second arrived in 2007, with the third just 12 months later. In recent seasons, we have seen Leeds finish on top in 2009, 2011, 2012, 2015, and 2017. Leeds is also the team to beat when it comes to consecutive Grand Final wins, dominating the competition in 2007, 2008, and 2009.
St Helens hold the record for most finals
Leeds may be the Super League’s top team, but surprisingly, St Helens have competed in more finals. St Helens have the unwanted reputation of being the unlucky losers − always the bridesmaids and never the bride. The history books lay that pain bare as we see St Helens have played in a dozen finals between 1999 and 2020. Other teams that appear to have a black cloud hanging over them in the final are Wigan, who have the most Grand Final defeats, and Warrington Wolves, with the most Grand Final defeats without victory.
St Helens are in the final and looking to make it three in a row after winning each of the last two seasons. Those wins came in the form of a 23-6 over Salford then an 8-4 over Wigan. Victory would also move St Helens above Leeds Rhinos to be the most successful club. The last time St Helens played in the final and lost was in 2011.
Catalans are no strangers to success
Catalans Dragons have never won this trophy, but they are a team that are no strangers to success on the big stage. Dragons have won the French Rugby League Championship in 2005 and were runners up in 2002 and 2004. Other titles include the Super League’s League Leaders’ Shield 2021, the Lord Derby Cup, the Challenge Cup, and the Million Pound Game.It will be remembered as the final marred by the pandemic, with many fans of rival clubs attempting to undermine St Helens’ success by labelling it the COVID Cup. The eventual champions went into the break leading 2-0 before winning the second period 6-4. It was the first Super League Grand Final not played at Old Trafford, with the KCOM Stadium in Hull providing the backdrop.
Season form and results
Both Catalans Dragons and St Helens enter this final on the back of a stunning run of form that has taken them to within one game of being crowned champions. Dragons won the regular season, topping the table with 38 points thanks to 19 wins and four draws. They scored 688 points and conceded 398.
St Helens finished as runners up to the Dragons with 32 points on the board, just one more than Warrington Wolves in third and two more than Wigan Warriors, who crossed the line in fourth place. The hat trick seekers scored 548 points but conceded 229, making a points difference of 319, which is superior to the 290 achieved by Dragons. That’s surprising, as St Helens finished behind Dragons in the league and scored almost 170 fewer points.
The main difference between the two teams during the regular season was the reliable St Helens defence and the creaky Dragons backline. That would suggest that, in the game to decide the champion, St Helens should have a better chance.
These sides served up a stunning match during the regular season when Dragons came out on top by a single point. At the end of that match, the scoreboard read 31-30 to settle what was an enthralling and memorable match. Neutral observers would certainly love something near a repeat performance but it’s likely that both sets of coaches would prefer their team to be more disciplined in defence and stick to the game plan.
Grand Final betting odds
The trading team at Pinnacle have run the rule over this match and published their betting odds, and that sparked an immediate reaction from many shrewd bettors and Super League followers as there is value to be found.
The Match Winner betting has St Helens as hot favourites for three in a row. That will push bettors into the Handicap market where they’ll find an 8.5 spread. St Helens -8.5 is priced at 2.080* or you can back Catalans Dragons with an 8.5 points start at 1.729*.
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