Challenge Cup Final betting
Wigan and Hull clash at Wembley Stadium on Saturday in the Challenge Cup Final, with Wigan looking to extend their record as the most successful club in the competitions history - victory would be the 19th time the club has claimed the prestigious trophy.
The news coming out of each side certainly suggests the history books may add another Wigan entry this weekend, with both Darrell Goulding and Sean O’Loughlin returning to a Wigan squad that only misses Anthony Gelling in terms of full strength. That’s a tremendous boost for Shaun Wane and the recent return of Sam Tomkins has really helped. He should be fit and raring to go this week.
Things aren’t quite plain sailing for Hull FC coach Peter Gentle, who misses a quartet of key players. Joe Arundel will have been gutted to be ruled out following a hand injury sustained against Salford and he joins Shannon McDonnell, Ben Galea and the prolific Tom Lineham on the sidelines. Mark O’Meley, Richard Horne and Ben Crooks are back in the team, with the latter looking the Black and White’s best option offensively.
League form probably means little this weekend, but for the record Wigan occupy 3rd place in Super League, while Hull FC are 7th - but the Humberside outfit have won their last three league matches, while Wigan have won just two of their last seven!
Nonetheless, the bookmakers have made Wigan strong 4/11 favourites for this one, and ask the Lanchashire side to give up between 8 and 10 points on the handicap lines. Assuming there is no last minute absence from Tomkins (as has happened a couple of times recently), we’d advocate a small bet on Wigan at 10/11 giving up eight points. Those that fancy Hull to win the match can get 27/10 with 888sport.
In the Try Scorer markets, all the lead-up stories will be about Josh Charnley and Sam Tomkins, with the former needing just one more try to equal the summer-era record, while Sam Tomkins needs no introductions. With prices of 7/1 and 8/1 for the first try however, they look a little on the skinny side, and we reckon Ben Crooks could be the value instead.
While Charnley and Tomkins have scored 23% and 20% recpectively of their teams total tries when they have started for Wigan this season, Crooks has grabbed 27% of Hull’s when he has been named in the starting line-up, and with Hull predicted to score around 38% of the tries in the match, odds of 16/1 look big about Crooks getting the first and last tries. Having scored in 11 of his 18 appearances this season, the 6/4 about him scoring at any time also appeals with BetVictor.
Finally, plenty of bookmakers are offering odds on the Lance Todd Trophy, and if you are considering a bet on that market it's worth knowing that BetVictor are offering to refund all losing bets if Sam Tomkins win the award. Given he's a 7/2 shot to do so, there has to be a bit of value around with that offer, but we'll leave you to decide who you fancy for that one!
|Ben Crooks||First Tryscorer||16/1
|Ben Crooks||Last Tryscorer||16/1||Totepool|
|Ben Crooks||Anytime Tryscorer||6/4||BetVictor|