There’s a break from Super League this weekend as we’re down to the quarter-finals in the Tetley’s Challenge Cup, with eight teams vying out for a place in the final at Wembley on August 24th.
Defending champions Warrington Wolves remain in the competition and they face fellow Super League side Huddersfield Giants on Sunday afternoon.
A number of other Super League teams will also be playing over the course of this weekend, with Hull FC, Wigan Warriors and Widnes Vikings all featuring in the quarter-final line-up.
Sheffield Eagles v London Broncos
The first of the quarter-finals will be played tonight as Championship side Sheffield Eagles host London Broncos at the Don Valley Stadium. Sheffield, the 1998 Challenge Cup Champions, are the only non-Super League side left in the competition after beating Halifax 28-12 in the last round.
London were beaten finalists the year after and will have the services of captain Tony Clubb for Friday’s match after missing the last three games through injury.
Super league’s basement side are 3/1 favourites to win the match with Ladbrokes although Sheffield, who are second in the Championship, would like to think they can cause an upset, are at 3/1 with Stan James. The match is live from 8pm on Sky Sports 1.
Catalan Dragons v Hull FC
Then on Saturday afternoon, Hull FC travel to Perpignan to face Catalan Dragons who are currently fifth in the Super League table.
Catalan will be without Julian Bousquet and Mathias Pala who are both banned whilst Elliott Whitehead is cup-tied. Leon Pryce, Steve Menzies, Mickael Simon, Jamal Fakir and Daryl Millard are all brought into Bernard Guasch’s 19 man squad for the squad.
Warrington Wolves v Huddersfield Giants
Sunday afternoon provides the most mouth-watering tie of the round as third placed Warrington Wolves host second placed Huddersfield Giants.
The Wolves make one change to their squad that beat Leeds Rhinos 19-18 last Friday with Rhys Williams coming in for the injured Ryan Atkins.
Warrington have won the two league meetings against Huddersfield so far this season and are favourites to win this match, with Ladbrokes offering the best odds of 2/5.
Huddersfield have won the Challenge Cup on six occasions and Stan James provide odds of 11/5 for them progressing to the semis. The match is live on BBC Two and kicks off at 4:15pm.
Wigan Warriors v Widnes Vikings
The final match of the quarter-finals is on Monday night and is another all-Super League affair as table-toppers Wigan Warriors host 11th placed Widnes Vikings.
The Warriors have taken their two league meetings so far this year, the latter by the narrowest margins of 32-33 back on June 7th.
Wigan are the most successful team in Challenge Cup history, having won the competition 18 times, although the last time they did was back in 2004. Paddy Power offer the best odds of a Wigan win, albeit extremely short, at 1/14 whilst Ladbrokes provide odds of 9/1 on a Widnes win. This match is live from 8pm on Sky Sports 1.
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