We’re switching from Super League predictions to Challenge Cup betting tips this week and are hoping to land a 9/4 handicap double backing two semi-final underdogs.
Teams are just one win away from Wembley, so there are sure to be plenty of thrills and spills in these clashes, both being played at Bolton’s Macron Stadium on Sunday and shown live on BBC Two.
Catalans +12.5 points against St Helens @ 4/5
St Helens have been this year’s outstanding team in all competitions but their strength is in being efficient, rather than spectacular, and that makes this start look big.
The Dragons have enough powerful forwards to keep getting away from their own line and a good kicking game could keep their opponents tied down.
Saints may then seek to simply grind out a steady win, so our suggestion is to snap up this tempting handicap and hope that Catalans can remain focused for the full 80 minutes.
Leeds +6.5 points against Warrington @ 4/5
The Rhinos finished in the bottom four of Super League but will be determined to salvage something from such a disappointing campaign by being competitive in this tie.
“I think we’ll look forward to this one,” said new boss Kevin Sinfield. “It’s nice to be involved in a big game, you’re 80 minutes from Wembley and 160 minutes away from some silverware.”
Sinfield hopes to have scrum-half Richie Myler and winger Ryan Hall back after sitting out last week’s defeat at Salford and says there are “slight chances” that forwards Brett Ferres and Jamie Jones-Buchanan could also return.
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