St Helens haven’t had to be at their best so far this season, but they have made an ominous start to the 2021 Super League campaign.
Kristian Woolf’s side made it six wins from six in the league with a 26-0 win over Salford on Monday night.
They face their biggest test of the season this weekend when they travel to Catalans Dragons, who will be buoyed by their away win at Hull.
Remarkably, Saints have conceded just 34 points across their six Super League games to date – and although they’ve only managed to score more than 30 in one game, they have never really looked like losing in any of them.
With competition sponsors Betfred, Saints are the 5/4 favourites to finish top of the table at the end of the regular season, and 7/4 favourites to win a third successive Grand Final.
They would become only the second team, after Leeds (2007-2009) to win it three years in a row.
The only other team with a perfect record after six rounds is Wigan, who are second favourites to retain the league leaders’ shield they pipped Saints to last year (6/4) and 9/4 to win the Grand Final, which they lost to Saints in heartbreaking fashion back in November.
Catalans are up to third in the live table, and are also third in Betfred’s rankings for the regular season at 8/1 – although they are squeezed out to joint fourth for Grand Final success.
There are 25 scheduled rounds in 2021, including the Magic Weekend, with the table determined by points percentage.
The top six will enter the play-offs, with the top two sides going straight to the semi-finals, 80 minutes away from a Grand Final place.
Grand Final winner: St Helens (7/4), Wigan (9/4), Warrington (6/1), Castleford (11/1), Catalans (11/1), Hull (11/1), Huddersfield (20/1), Leeds (25/1), Hull KR (66/1), Wakefield (100/1), Salford (150/1), Leigh (500/1)
Regular season winner: St Helens (5/4), Wigan (6/4), Catalans (8/1), Warrington (12/1), Hull (16/1), Castleford (16/1), Leeds (40/1), Huddersfield (50/1), Hull KR (100/1), Salford (250/1), Wakefield (500/1), Leigh (500/1).