Followers of this site will have noticed that other games that had early prices out for them have been previewed here.
It features early previews on Salford v Hull KR, Hull FC v Catalans, Castleford v St Helens and Warrington v Widnes.
This piece will be constantly updated over the weekend as prices become available for the remaining Challenge Cup matches.
Dewsbury Rams v Wakefield Trinity
It will be interesting to see how Wakefield approach this. They are performing admirably in Super League this season, and despite the four changes made to their 19-man squad – and it looks like that’s mostly through necessity – they seem to be taking the challenge that Dewsbury will provide them pretty seriously.
It’s worth mentioning that 25/1 looks pretty good value for them to win the competition in general.
The bookies are giving the home side around a +36 start, and it may be tempting to back the home side on that handicap. Wakefield should get through, but they know they won’t necessarily have to be at their best to book their place in the last eight. They’re best priced 1/66 to just win the match – with the Rams available at 25/1.
Dewsbury +36 at 10/11 (with William Hill and Stan James) looks tempting.
Swinton Lions v Wigan Warriors
There’s some weird and wonderful pricing early on for this fixture as Wigan travel to the side that knocked out Huddersfield Giants in the last round.
The only thing they seem to agree on is that the favourites to lift the trophy in August are favourites to win the match. In the early pricing, Sky Bet have offered 1/16 on a Wigan win, while Stan James have offered 1/200. That means Swinton are priced up at 13/2 and 25/1 with the respective bookmakers.
As a result, there is something of a disagreement when it comes to the handicap betting – varying between a 24-point and 30-point start for the Lions. It could be a tricky encounter for Wigan with their injuries – especially as they are likely to pick yet another unfamiliar half-back pairing so backing Swinton with a +28 start with Bet365 is probably a good shout at 10/11. Bet Victor are offering Swinton +24 at Evens.
If you fancy Wigan to prevail handsomely, they’re 11/10 to win with a -26 handicap with Sky Bet. We might have to update you again on this one tomorrow.
Leeds Rhinos v Barrow Raiders
Leeds may have been tempted to rest a few of their front line players for this game as it comes in between their win over Catalans in France and a huge clash with league leaders Castleford Tigers at Magic Weekend but Brian McDermott has named a very strong squad in the build-up.
The Rhinos didn’t cover the handicap in the previous round’s win over Doncaster and Barrow have had a good start to the season in League One – and are the only side keeping pace with Toronto at the top of that division which may tempt some punters to back the Raiders to win on the handicap.
You can get Barrow +38 at Evens which looks a little tempting, but if Leeds cut loose and really put them to the sword, Leeds -42 is available at 11/10, both bets with Sky Bet.