How the Bookies see it
- Huddersfield v Wakefield: Huddersfield 1/3, Wakefield 9/4 - Sky Bet
- Warrington v Widnes: Warrington 2/9, Widnes 7/2 - Ladbrokes
- Hull v Catalans: Hull 8/15, Catalans 13/8 - Betfred
- Wigan v Castleford: Wigan 2/9, Castleford 3/1 - Paddy Power
- Huddersfield Giants have had a hard season, sitting joint bottom of Super League with just two wins in their last five games. Wakefield Wildcats have similarly struggled in recent weeks and are without a win in four matches.
- Warrington Wolves have notched up three wins from their last four games, only blotting their copybook by losing to league leaders Hull FC. Widnes have had a tough time of it in the run up to this weekend’s game, failing to score against Wigan last time out in a 7-0 defeat.
- Hull FC are Super League’s form team, having won each of their last eight ties and topping the table. They narrowly beat Catalans Dragons 28-26 in April and the French club, who sit fourth after a decent run of results, will be vying for revenge.
The Challenge Cup is a chance to get away from the stresses and strains of Super League rugby and to face rivals in a one-off, winner-takes-all clash. As such, the formbook can often be thrown out of the window and, if Huddersfield are going to take any positives from this season, they will hope to defy their lowly league position and defeat their beatable West Yorkshire neighbours. The outright odds on Giants are not exactly inspiring, but 888Sport’s 7/5 on them to be winning at both half time and full time is certainly worthy of consideration.
Widnes do not travel to Warrington with a great deal of confidence after a wasteful defeat against a depleted Wigan side last week. Wolves will fancy their chances and winger Ryan Atkins is good value at 12/1 from William Hill to add to his 12 tries so far this term by becoming the first tryscorer.
The Hull v Catalans tie should be another tight affair, with both clubs looking good heading towards the Super 8s and both desperate to add the Challenge Cup to their potential honours this season. It is reasonable to suggest the game will pan out much like the last time the teams met, when Dragons came back to within two points of the Black and Whites by full time. BetVictor’s 13/2 on a Hull FC win by between one and five points is a great shout.
Hull FC fans might fancy a wager on their side to win the competition, thanks to generous odds of 9/2 from Sky Bet. Warrington remain favourites, at 9/4 with the same bookmaker.
- Sports.net’s top tip - Hull FC to win by between one and five points - 13/2 at BetVictor
*Please note, odds may fluctuate in the lead-up to each event