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Wigan v Hull FC Challenge Cup Betting Preview and Bet Tips
The Keepmoat Stadium is the scene of the first Challenge Cup semi-final as Wigan Warriors take on Hull FC. The match pits together the top two of the Super League, both of whom turned in highly impressive performances to reach this round – Wigan beat Castleford 26-12 while Hull FC turned over Catalans Dragons 22-8. We are looking forward to an absolute cracker of a match on Friday night.
There are positive omens for both sets of fans to take into this one. Wigan fans will be remembering the 2013 final where they shut Hull FC out to win 16-0 but for FC, this is a stage they love playing on and they are looking to book a place in their third final in eight years.
You can see just how well match these two teams are by having just a quick look at the bookies’ winner markets. Some of the firms simply cannot separate the two sides in what some are hoping will be one of the great all time cup ties.
Clearly, these two have a huge number of strengths throughout their teams but there are certain areas which they will be looking to dominate. For Wigan, that should be in attack. Both George Williams and Matty Smith have been vital to their brilliant season and they’ll hope to dovetail together once more. Hull FC meanwhile will be trying to make the most of their huge pack to negate the attacking intentions of Wigan. Excitingly, the two teams have differing strengths which should go to make this even more of a spectacle.
It also makes it a tough nut to crack from a betting perspective.
Hull are, as described by Wigan coach Shaun Wane, “the form team at the moment”. With exciting players like Marc Sneyd and Jordan Abdul and that impressive pack, Hull will approach this match with the utmost confidence but their great run of form may be about to end. Wigan have had to deal with a whole host of injuries to key players over the course of the season but have still had the heart and the fight to dig deep and keep recording wins.
The squad is now over the worst of the injuries and Wane can pretty much put out his best 13 players. That could prove to be the difference in this close match so we recommend betting on Wigan to win at best odds of 10/11 with Sky Bet. To make even more from a narrow Warriors victory, you can back them to win by between 1-10 points at 5/2 with Paddy Power.
Sam Tomkins has not quite been at his best over recent weeks but the Wigan fullback is the sort of player who relishes taking these sort of massive occasions by the scruff of the neck. There will be a certain amount of anxiety throughout both squads but Tomkins will channel any nervous energy into positivity in the early stages so he looks a good bet for the first tryscorer at odds of 12/1 with Sky Bet.
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