Kick-off: 1500, 17/10/2020
TV: BBC One
Emotions will run high when Leeds take on Salford in this year’s Challenge Cup final behind closed doors at Wembley.
Former Rhinos and Great Britain scrum-half Rob Burrow will be the chief guest ‘in absentia’ as he battles against Motor Neurone Disease.
“He’s very close to a lot of people in our organisation,” said Leeds coach Richard Agar. “He’s coached a number of our younger players coming up through the academy and been a team-mate for a number of them.”
Playing at Wembley is always motivation enough for both finalists, but that added inspiration makes the Rhinos hard to oppose.
We’re taking 91/100 for Leeds to win by more than six points in the handicap market for our first Challenge Cup final prediction.
A Look At Leeds Rhinos’ Betting Odds
Leeds are second only to Wigan for most Challenge Cup triumphs with 13, having lifted the trophy in 2014 and 2015.
The Rhinos suffered a lean spell following the retirement of club stalwarts such as Kevin Sinfield, Jamie Peacock and Burrow.
However, they have gradually rebuilt and the arrival of scrum-half Luke Gayle from Castleford was the catalyst for a return of better times.
They are very much in the hunt for a place in the Super League play-offs and have knocked out Hull KR and Wigan in this competition.
The manner in which Leeds beat the Warriors 26-12 at the start of the month was ultra-impressive and the feeling is their forward pack will be just too mobile for Salford.
Former Red Devils scrum-half Richie Myler has found a new lease of life at full-back for the Rhinos this season and could haunt his old club at Wembley.
The 30-year-old is a master at backing up breaks and finishing them off, so 11/1 for him to score the first try appeals from the Challenge Cup final odds.
A Look At Salford Red Devils’ Betting Odds
Salford have reached their first Challenge Cup final for 51 years and it is 82 years since the club lifted the famous trophy for the only time.
Head coach Ian Watson masterminded a surprise run to the Super League Grand Final decider last season, but then saw that team torn apart by bigger clubs swooping on star players.
However, he has put together another experienced outfit capable of competing with much higher-paid opponents.
The Red Devils beat Catalans Dragons in extra-time before edging out Warrington 24-22 in the semis, so they are battle-hardened and used to pressure situations.
Winger Krisnan Inu epitomises the success Watson has had with showing faith in players thought to be past their best.
A member of the 2008 World Cup-winning New Zealand team, he played in three NRL Grand Finals Down Under and is enjoying a glorious swansong with Salford.
Inu scored a try and kicked four goals in the spirited win over Warrington, so 69/50 for the 33-year-old to touch down at any time here is added to our Challenge Cup final betting tips.
However, the Wolves will be kicking themselves for letting Salford off the hook when seemingly in control of that semi and it is hard to see Leeds being so accommodating.
The Rhinos beat Hull KR 50-0 in their last final appearance five years ago and another one-sided affair is anticipated here, so 9/4 for the favourites to prevail by 13 points or more takes the eye.
LEEDS 26-12 Wigan
SALFORD 24-22 Warrington
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