Challenge Cup betting preview: two handicaps worth looking at?

Four of the Super League sides are in Challenge Cup action this weekend. When they are taking on the minnows it is usually pretty hard to find much value in the markets.

This weekend may be a little different. The fixtures involving Super League sides are below:

Leeds Rhinos v Doncaster (Friday)

Leigh v Hull KR (Saturday)

Salford v Toronto (Sunday)

Huddersfield v Swinton (Sunday)

Other games (all on Sunday) are:

Dewsbury Rams v Batley Bulldogs

Featherstone Rovers v Oldham

Whitehaven v Halifax

York City Knights v Barrow Raiders

The two most intriguing games are Salford v Toronto and Leigh v Hull KR. Toronto have been given a +26 start with Sky Bet for Sunday’s game. Though they may be two divisions below their opponents this weekend, they are hammering sides left, right and centre. Also, Salford haven’t won a home game this season by more than 10 points so Toronto’s handicap may be worth looking at.

Leigh are -10 on their handicap against Championship leaders Hull KR – who have lost just once this season. That will be an intriguing encounter as Leigh’s early season promise seems to have hit the buffers. Some may fancy an upset there.

The bookies fancy the following sides to join the eight other Super League sides in the next round of the competition:

Leeds, Leigh, Salford, Huddersfield, Batley (though Dewsbury have been given just a +6 start against them), Featherstone, Halifax and Barrow.

We’ll see how right they are come Sunday night and Monday morning where we’ll look at the outright Challenge Cup winner market.

Best odds so far: Wigan 4/1, Castleford 9/2, Hull 13/2, Warrington 13/2, St Helens 8/1, Leeds 10/1, 20/1 Bar.

We’ll see how these change in the coming weeks.


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