After a pretty good weekend of Challenge Cup action, there have been some dramatic shifts in the betting market following the draw for the quarter-finals. There are new favourites and there’s some value to be had if you fancy one or two sides to come through difficult games.
First of all here’s a recap of the results, followed by the draw for the last eight:
Featherstone Rovers 24-12 Halifax
Dewsbury Rams 6-54 Wakefield Trinity
Hull FC 62-0 Catalans Dragons
Salford Red Devils 24-14 Hull KR
Castleford Tigers 53-10 St. Helens
Leeds Rhinos 72-10 Barrow Raiders
Swinton Lions 12-42 Wigan Warriors
Warrington Wolves 34-20 Widnes Vikings
Warrington Wolves v Wigan Warriors
Leeds Rhinos v Featherstone Rovers
Salford Red Devils v Wakefield Trinity
Hull FC v Castleford Tigers
Following that draw Wigan are no longer favourites to win the competition, and you can’t get the longer odds on Castleford Tigers that were available prior to their win over St Helens. It seems the bookies will price Warrington and Castleford as favourites to progress against Wigan and Hull FC respectively.
The Tigers are the favourites to lift the cup in August and are best priced 7/2 to do so. Leeds – who have drawn the only side outside of the top flight – come next at 9/2 (bet365 and SkyBet) though Paddy Power has priced them as short as 10/3.
Warrington are also best priced 9/2 with Sky Bet and Paddy Power while Wigan are now 5/1. It will be interesting to see if that price swaps around following Magic Weekend where the two sides meet in Newcastle on Saturday evening. The Warriors may feel they can progress if they get one or two more key players back.
Hull are 11/2 with Ladbrokes/Coral. They have already beaten Castleford at the KCOM Stadium this season so they might fancy their chances again.
Salford and Wakefield are 8/1 and 25/1 respectively. Though it isn’t the glamour tie of the round it could be intriguing – and whoever progresses is going to provide a stern test for whichever side they face in the last four.
Unsurprisingly, Featherstone are the long shots at 500/1.
There’s a market with plenty of value in it, which we’ll recap in the week ahead of the ties.