Pro 14: Outright Preview 2018 - 2019 Season

Pro 14: Outright Preview 2018 - 2019 Season

The 2018/19 Pro14 season may only get underway in September but there is already outright betting for you to have a crack on.

The European rugby season may be a few months away but Hollywoodbets have already priced up the outright winner markets for the majority of the premier European leagues, including the Pro14.

There's some great early value available with the Free State Cheetahs trading at a humungous 33/1 and reigning champions Leinster available at 27/20.

To Win Outright
Leinster 27/20 | Scarlets 4/1 | Glasgow 5/1 | Munster 5/1 | Ospreys 20/1 | Ulster 20/1 | Cardiff Blues 20/1 | Edinburgh 25/1  | Connacht 33/1 | Cheetahs 33/1 | Zebre 500/1 | Dragons 500/1 | Benneton Treviso 500/1 | Southern Kings 1000/1

This season could well see one of the minnows capture the title as it falls in a World Cup year, which means teams like Munster and Glasgow will be missing a plethora of stars due to rest periods as well as national commitments such as the November Internationals.

The teams likely to be hardest hit by International commitments are Leinster, Munster, Glasgow and the Scarlets who all have a number of Internationals amongst their ranks. While I can see these teams being in the mix come May, they may not enter the play-offs in that great of a condition. They also won't be guaranteed home play-offs as the round-robin phase is likely to be a lot more hotly contested than it was last season.

Dark Horse
My dark horse for this season is South Africa's Free State Cheetahs. The men from Bloemfontein enjoyed a solid debut season and made it to the play-offs where they were knocked out by eventual runners-up, the Scarlets.

Rory Duncan's men were brilliant at home last term, losing just twice at the Free State Stadium. And while they struggled away from home, they will have learnt a lot from playing in European conditions.

They will have to contend with balancing Currie Cup duties and Pro14 commitments once the European season gets underway, but they have a deep enough squad to navigate through this and once the Currie Cup ends they'll be able to focus fully on a Pro14 title tilt.

Verdict: Cheetahs 33/1 & Munster 5/1
I'm going to have a moderate play on the Cheetahs and a slightly larger strike on Munster. I think Leinster, the Scarlets and Glasgow will struggle this season as they are their national sides' main feeder clubs.

Munster, while still supplying quite a few players to the national side, have a lot more youngsters in their ranks who won't be involved in the Irish World Cup build up. The Cheetahs also hardly have any players in contention for a Springbok call-up with only Ox Nche and Francois Venter likely to raise eyebrows. 

Written by Darry Worthington for

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