London Broncos vs St Helens Predictions: Saints to overwhelm struggling hosts

 | Friday 14th June 2024, 9:23am

Friday 14th June 2024, 9:23am

Paul Sculthorpe Betting Tips

One of the favourites for Betfred Super League Grand Final glory, St Helens, take on London Broncos, who sit right at the bottom of the table, in the capital on Sunday afternoon (15:00).

After a touching tribute to the late Rob Burrow, who was celebrated at last weekend's Betfred Challenge Cup final, Saints legend Paul Sculthorpe shares his London Broncos vs St Helens predictions.

London Broncos vs St Helens Tips

  • St Helens -41.5 @ 13/8

I had the pleasure of being down at Wembley on Saturday for the Betfred Challenge Cup final - and what an emotional occasion it was as the sport celebrated the life of Leeds Rhinos and England legend Rob Burrow.

A player who regularly shone on the big stage, it was the perfect day for the rugby league family to pay tribute to a modern-day great, who sadly passed away aged just 41 with Motor Neurone Disease.

Victorious Wigan boss Matt Peet cut to the chase when remembering Rob in his post-match press conference following the Warriors' 18-8 victory over Warrington Wolves.

Peet said it was virtually impossible for there to be a fitting tribute to Rob after everything he achieved.

He said: "One try won’t do it, one game won’t do it… I’ve never known a more respected man in any sport."

Rob was a guy who defied the odds his entire life, forever being told he was too small to play the sport he loved. However, he certainly made those people look foolish - and that incredible mindset certainly helped him in his biggest fight after diagnosis in 2019.

Almost 65,000 people made the trip to Wembley to pay their respects to Rob, before a much-anticipated final.

Warrington came out of the blocks, applying most of the pressure and field position in the opening 20 minutes of the game. However, other than a Josh Thewlis penalty they simply couldn’t convert this pressure into points.

Wigan had very few attacking opportunities but when they did they took their chances, scoring twice in six minutes to lead 12-2 at the break.

I wrote in last week's column about Wigan’s resilience and superior big-game experience, and as expected Wigan’s dogged defence was the difference as they continuously frustrated the Wolves attack.

Yet again on the big stage, Warrington failed to deliver. They looked void of ideas and got more and more frustrated and fatigued as the game went on. One try a piece in the second-half saw the Warriors take glory.

Meanwhile, it was fantastic to watch Saints Women retain the Betfred Challenge Cup trophy with a totally dominant performance over the Leeds Rhinos.

Saints have now won the competition four years in a row - but this was by far the best of the bunch as Matty Smith’s team subjected the Rhinos to an overwhelming 22-0 defeat.

It’s great to see the ever-growing women’s game continue to thrive both on and off the pitch, inspiring many young girls to both play and watch the sport.

Well done Matty, Jodie and the whole team on yet more silverware.

Back to the men's Betfred Super League and Saints' trip to the Capital on Sunday to take on basement boys London Broncos.

Saints are overwhelming 1/1000 - yes, that's one to a thousand - favourites according to Betfred's London Broncos vs St Helens Odds. A Broncos win can be backed at 22/1, while it's 28/1 for a rare draw.

Only complacency can beat us this weekend as far as I'm concerned, which I can’t see being an issue - and I'm therefore going for us winning by a whopping 42 points or more.

St Helens -41.5 handicap vs London Broncos at 13-8

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