Castleford Tigers have been the dominant side in Super League this season, bagging the League Leaders' Shield with aplomb, but Daryl Powell's stars will venture to Old Trafford for their first ever Grand Final on Saturday evening, where they will clash with seven-times winners Leeds Rhinos, in what should be a spectacular showpiece event to end a stunning, action-packed campaign of the 13-man code.
- Castleford have beaten Leeds in all four meetings in Super League this season
- Greg Eden has scored 38 tries this league campaign
- Leeds Rhinps have won seven Grand Finals before, Castleford make first appearance
How Will It Go?
Ten points clear at the top of the table after 30 league matches, Cas maintained their dominant lead at the summit throughout the Super 8s, but the Tigers needed extra time and a Luke Gale drop goal to secure their Grand Final spot, as they edged out St Helens 23-22 in the last-four clash. However, the bookmakers still think they can become the fifth team in history to win the Super League title, and they are a best-priced 8/15 with bet365 to win the match in 80 minutes.
Leeds have made a fabulous revival in the last year, as having stuttered abysmally through last season the Rhinos are one game away from winning an eighth Grand Final, and having beaten Hull FC 18-16 in another cracking semi-final, Brian McDermott's men, who perform superbly on the big stage, will be the 2/1 outsiders with Paddy Power, while the draw is available at 25/1 with the same firm,
The Tigers have won all four meetings this season (Cas won 66-10, 29-18, 23-12, 38-24), so it's no surprise to see them as clear market leaders, and with such attacking flare they will be hoping to sparkle on the big stage, but Leeds are awash with big name players, with Danny McGuire and Rob Burrow set for their last appearances for the Rhinos.
Nevertheless, Castleford could have too much firepower for their classy opposition, and it's hard to not see them cap off a sensational season with an Old Trafford win, and Powell's golden group can etch their name alongside some of the domestic games' biggest names with victory.
Narrow Victory For Cas
Despite dominating Leeds in all four meetings this season, Castleford will not scythe through their opponents on Saturday, as the Rhinos have blossomed as the campaign has gone on, and in a final there are sure to be nerves jangling through the players' veins when that first whistle is blown.
So, with that in mind rather than backing a dominant Tigers win it's worth looking about betting a narrow Cas win, and the 9/5 with Ladbrokes for Castleford to win by 1-12 points looks the standout bet, while the 9/2 with Magic Sign for a 6-10 point win for the Tigers offers more value for punters.
Prolific Eden To Ignite Tigers Win
Greg Eden has been a revelation this season for Castleford, and the English speedster will be aiming to build on his 38-try campaign, which has seen him storm over the whitewash with ridiculous frequency, and it's hard to look elsewhere when trying to find the first tryscorer, and the 8/1 with Betfair Sportsbook for him to score the first try is a cracking bet.
He bagged hat-tricks in his opening two matches against Leeds this year, while he bagged a try in each of their last two wins, so eight tries in four games against the Rhinos shows what an attacking force he is, and he can duly get the Tigers on the road to Grand Final glory at the Theatre of Dreams at the weekend.
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