Rugby League Challenge Cup 2018 Round 6 Betting Preview

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Updated Thursday 10th May 2018, 10:55 AM


This weekend sees the Challenge Cup hot up as the final 16 hope to make the draw for the quarter finals. It’s a chance for the four remaining non-Super League sides to claim a major scalp, but will any of them overcome their top flight counterparts and claim a place in the last eight?

Take a look at Sports.net’s Challenge Cup 2018 Round 6 betting preview to find out the latest odds and insight on some of this weekend’s most hotly anticipated ties.

Featherstone Rovers v Hull FC

  • Thursday 10th May, 7:35pm
  • Hull 1/9, Featherstone 5/1, Draw 33/1 - Ladbrokes

Form

Featherstone Rovers sit third in the Championship with ten wins from 13 games so far in 2018. They are currently on a run of five wins in a row in all competitions, including a straightforward Challenge Cup Round 5 win over Doncaster and last Sunday’s 50-12 Championship demolition of Batley Bulldogs at the LD Nutrition Stadium.

Hull FC are fourth in Super League, but have suffered an inconsistent start to the campaign. A fantastic win over Castleford last week came just days after an embarrassing 25-24 defeat at bottom club Catalans, which really is the story of the Airlie Birds’ season so far.

Sports.net’s View

Given Hull’s topsy-turvy form this term, Ladbrokes’ 5/1 on a home win looks extremely generous. Featherstone are no pushovers and are going great guns in the Championship, so will pose a real test for Lee Radford’s Super League stars.

Fev’s John Duffy is a shrewd coach who has his side well organised and, whilst they may not take their visitors down, they could come close. Take a look at Ladbrokes’ 10/11 on a home win with a head start of 18 points because it’s likely to be much tighter than that.

Sports.net’s Top Tip

Hanidicap > Featherstone +18 > 10/11 > Ladbrokes

Leigh Centurions v Salford Red Devils

  • Friday 11th May, 7:35pm

Form

Leigh Centurions are currently fifth in the Championship as they seek to return to Super League at the first time of asking. They seem to have finally found their feet and are currently on a run of nine wins in a row. Round 5 of the Challenge Cup saw them sweep the London Broncos aside, 40-0.

Salford Red Devils looked to have turned their season around with back-to-back Super League wins over Huddersfield and Wakefield. Unfortunately for Ian Watson’s side, they then came up against the league’s two strongest teams in St Helens and Wigan, losing to both, including a 30-0 collapse against the latter last week.

Sports.net’s View

If you are looking for an upset this weekend, this could be the game. Salford blow more cold than hot at the moment and this is exactly the sort of game they might lose. Recent form is difficult to read, as they beat two strugglers and lost to a pair of title contenders.

The form that really matters is Leigh’s and they are on an mighty roll. Winning is a habit and their confidence should be enough to expose their guests’ frailties and book a place in the last eight.      

Sports.net’s Top Tip

Winner > Leigh

Castleford Tigers v St Helens

  • Saturday 12th May, 2:30pm

Form

Castleford are fifth in Super League, but have played two games fewer than many of their opponents. A disappointing defeat to Hull last week could be put down to a number of injuries in the ranks, and was their fourth reverse of the season. They have won eight and, although they haven’t reached the dizzy heights of last year yet, there have been glimpses of the brilliance that saw them secure the League Leaders’ Shield in 2017.

St Helens are the team to beat this year, having led Super League from the beginning. They are the league’s top scorers and have given away the fewest points, losing only to Leeds and Wakefield in 2018. A treble of league, Grand Final and Challenge Cup honours is still very much on the table, and it is difficult to bet against them taking all of these trophies.

Sports.net’s View

This should be a cracker. Injuries permitting, Castleford are one of the most exciting teams in rugby league and St Helens’ prowess is evident by their current lofty position. It’s a tough one to call, but Saints have had that little extra in the tank all year, and should battle their way through here as well.

Sports.net’s Top Tip

St Helens to win

Toronto Wolfpack v Warrington Wolves

  • Sunday 13th May, 3:30pm

Form

Toronto Wolfpack lead the Championship as they look to make it two promotions in two years. The Canadian side have won ten games in a row in all competitions, including last week’s 62-14 destruction of Swinton, their first game in front of their home fans in seven months. Wolfpack beat Barrow Raiders 16-12 in Round 5 of the 2018 Challenge Cup.

Warrington Wolves secured a fantastic 33-22 away win over Leeds last week in Super League, their eighth victory on the bounce. That run has seen Wire climb to third in the table, proving to all that last season’s abject performance was just a blip.

Sports.net’s View

This game is a huge test for Toronto, who could well be mixing with the big boys on a weekly basis next year. They have bossed the Championship this term, but there is a gulf in class between the best teams in both divisions, and that could be exposed on Sunday. Warrington will more than likely come through to challenge in the quarter finals, but it will be a great opportunity to take a look at how the Canadians fare against top opponents.

Sports.net’s Top Tip

Winner > Warrington


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