The first semi-final takes place at the Totally Wicked Stadium on Thursday 4th October, as St Helens take on Challenge Cup runners-up Warrington Wolves.
The following night Wigan Warriors take on last year’s beaten finalists Castleford Tigers, with a final at Old Trafford up for grabs for the two winners on Saturday 13th October.
Before all of that however, we have one final round of games in the Super 8s…
ST HELENS VS CASTLEFORD TIGERS
Both sides have already confirmed their spots in the last four, and this could potentially be the Betfred Super League final in a couple of weeks’ time.
St Helens have been in imperious form in 2018, winning 25 of their 29 matches and topping the table with ease. They have been victorious in each of their last three fixtures, winning 34-14 at Warrington at the weekend in preparation for their semi-final showdown with the same opponents next week.
They will be hopeful of a repeat of the 46-6 destruction of Castleford at the start of the season, where England centre Mark Percival notched a superb hat-trick of tries. Castleford, meanwhile, are also in a great run of form, winning each of their last five matches. That streak has included wins against Warrington and Challenge Cup winners Catalans. They were underwhelming against Leeds in the Grand Final last year, and they will see this as ideal preparation to go one better, against the clear favourites to lift the trophy.
WAKEFIELD TRINITY VS WARRINGTON WOLVES
Victory at Belle Vue on Friday will confirm a fifth-placed finish for Trinity, which would be a repeat of their 2017 performance. The likes of Tom Johnstone, Ben Jones-Bishop and Bill Tupou have enjoyed good seasons, and a little bit more consistency could edge them into a top four spot in 2019. Their 2018 campaign is best summed up by the fact that each of their last three Super League victories have been followed by a defeat.
Challenge Cup runners-up Warrington will almost certainly arrive at the semi-finals as the underdogs out of the four teams, especially after their defeat to St Helens last week. Warrington thrashed Hull FC 80-10 at the end of August, but their form has dipped slightly and the 26-6 loss at Wigan was another comfortable defeat against a fellow top-four team.
WIGAN WARRIORS VS HULL FC
It has been a good 2018 for Wigan, recovering well from a disappointing 2017 campaign where they finished in sixth place. Second after 23 games, Wigan have won all six matches in the Super 8s so far, and they produced a scintillating performance to defeat St Helens 30-10 away from home last month.
They are likely to rest players against eighth-placed Hull FC, who in contrast have lost all of their Super 8s fixtures. Despite managing to succeed in avoiding The Qualifiers, Hull will be disappointed with their campaign after narrowly losing to Leeds in the playoffs last season.
CATALANS DRAGONS VS HUDDERSFIELD GIANTS
After winning the Million Pound game against Leigh Centurions to retain their Super League status for 2018, it has been a memorable year for Catalans.
They stunned Warrington in August to clinch their first major title and become the first team from outside of England to lift the Challenge Cup in its 122-year history. The also avoided slipping into the Qualifiers and managed to pip the likes of Leeds Rhinos to the last Super 8s spot.
They face Huddersfield Giants on Saturday night, with the visitors left to rue a poor run of form that ended any chance they had of sneaking into a top-four spot.
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