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Challenge Cup betting tips: Recent foes meet in semi-finals

| 03.06.2021
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Preview and odds for the semi-finals

It is semi-final weekend in the Challenge Cup as the four remaining teams stand one game away from a trip to Wembley.

Hull FC, St Helens, Castleford Tigers and Warrington Wolves all travel to Leigh’s Sport Village for the cup double-header on Saturday as they aim to book their place in the July 17 final.

Here, we look at some of the odds and highlight some potential Challenge Cup betting tips.

Hull FC v St Helens (Sat, 14:30)

St Helens and Hull go to battle again for the second time in eight days but with a place at Wembley at stake this time around.

The two sides met at the Totally Wicked Stadium last Friday when Jack Welsby’s hat-trick helped Saints to a comfortable 34-16 triumph, with Saints 1/3 favourites for a repeat win.

Kristian Woolf’s side had struggled to get into the rhythm which secured the 2020 Super League Grand Final before the Hull match but looked in slick form despite their first-choice wingers missing out through injury.

Regan Grace is set to return and could help Saints to their 10th straight win over the Black and Whites. Nine of those victories have come by 14 or more points and they are 12/5 to taste success via 11-20 points this weekend.

Hull have been more assured in defence under Brett Hodgson but have struggled against the current top four in Super League this season, losing to Saints, Catalans Dragons and Wigan Warriors and also drawing with Warrington.

They did beat Wigan at Headingley in the last round though and are 12/5 to claim a shock victory, which would earn them their first trip to Wembley since back-to-back Challenge Cup successes in 2016 and 2017.

Castleford Tigers v Warrington Wolves (Sat, 17:00)

These two teams come into the last-four clash in contrasting form as Warrington aim to reach the final for the fourth time in six years against their incoming head coach.

Castleford boss Daryl Powell will join the Wolves at the start of the 2022 season but will want to end his eight-year association with the Tigers with silverware.

Castleford are 12/5 to come away with victory but are currently on a three-match losing streak, including a 38-14 reverse at Warrington two weeks ago.

Warrington Wolves, Castleford Tigers

Injuries have decimated Powell’s side and they were trounced 60-6 at home to Leeds Rhinos last week despite taking an early lead.

For Warrington, who are 1/3 favourites to win the tie, they come into the contest on the back of a 62-18 drubbing of Salford Red Devils.

The Wolves have only tasted defeat twice during the campaign – one being an opening-round loss to the Tigers – winning seven of their 10 matches in all competitions and have led at half-time in six of those wins.

They are priced at 4/6 to be leading at the break and full-time and all their victories have come by a margin of 10 or more points. They are 5/6 to win with a handicap of -8.5 points.

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All odds and markets correct as of date of publication

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Andrew McDermott

Andrew is a sports betting content journalist at PA Media. He is a lifelong Huddersfield Town fan but when he isn't reminiscing about their Premier League days he is also a junior cricket coach and enjoys cycling.