Hull FC will meet Wigan Warriors at Wembley on August bank holiday weekend following wins over Leeds Rhinos and Salford Red Devils respectively.
Following the second semi-final – Wigan’s 27-14 win – it’s the Warriors who are the slight favourites, best priced 10/11 while you can get 11/10 on Lee Radford’s side to retain the trophy with Paddy Power. At this early stage most bookies are struggling to separate them.
Both sides are not exactly unfamiliar with facing each other in the final of the Challenge Cup. They have met three times in the final in the past with Wigan winning on three occasions.
In 1959 Wigan were 30-13 winners, the 1985 final 28-24 and 16-0 in 2013.
Hull have more recent history on their side though having won the semi-final between the two sides 16-12 last season en route to lifting the trophy. They have also come out on top in both games this season in Super League.
Both sides seem to like the big occasion, and recent history might see 11/10 for Hull as tempting at this stage. It will be interesting to see the kind of form both sides are in when the final comes around in just under a month, and if the prices change!