Challenge Cup Final 2016 Preview: Hull v Warrington

Rugby League
Updated Monday 12th September 2016, 04:01 PM

The top two teams in Super League lock horns once again at Wembley on Saturday with the Challenge Cup at stake. Hull FC have topped the table for much of the year, but Warrington Wolves will want revenge, having been beaten into second place in the regular season by a single point.

How the Bookies See it:

  • Winner: Warrington 10/11, Hull 11/10, Draw 18/1 - Sky Bet
  • Half Time/Full Time: Warrington/Warrington 17/10, Hull/Hull 17/10, Hull/Warrington 15/2, Warrington/Hull 8/1 - BoyleSports
  • First Tryscorer: Talanoa (Hull) 12/1, Penny (Warrington) 12/1, Russell (Warrington) 12/1 - Paddy Power

Form:

Hull FC are on fire, recording back-to-back impressive wins to nil against Catalans and Widnes. A defeat to Castleford in the first game of the Super 8s was a momentary blip in an otherwise fantastic few weeks that have seen them top Super League in the regular season and guarantee a semi-final berth for a shot at making the Super League Grand Final.

Warrington Wolves finished second in the regular Super League season and remain in that position behind Saturday’s opponents. A win in the Challenge Cup final would eradicate the creeping feeling that they are destined to always be the bridesmaid this term, but the fact they have lost both matches against the Black and White so far will prey on their minds.

Sports.net’s View:

This is such a tight game to call and that is shown in the very slight odds given either way by the bookies. Undoubtedly either would be worthy winners, having both enjoyed strong seasons, but it would be a brave bettor, or a fanatical fan of one of the teams, to confidently call it in advance of the game. Psychologically, Hull have the advantage, having topped the table and won both ties against Warrington, but the games were close between these evenly-matched outfits.

Wolves’ Ryan Atkins and Ben Currie have been battling it out for superiority in the top tryscorer stakes, with Atkins beating the second row 17-15 over the course of the season. Both are 16/1 to touch down first on Saturday from Paddy Power, with Tongan Fetuli Talanoa deemed the most likely Hull player to grab the first try, priced at 12/1. A safer bet would be 7/5 on Talanoa or 21/10 on Atkins and Currie to score a try at any time.

  • Sports.net’s Top Tip: 21/10 on Ryan Atkins to score a try at any time from Paddy Power. 
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Last Updated: Monday, 12 September 2016 04:01:33+00:00
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