Kick-off: 1500, 28/05/2022
Stadium: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Wigan are viewed as worthy favourites to win the Challenge Cup on their pedigree of competing in major finals but there is little between them and Huddersfield on current form.
Just one point separates the teams in the Super League table and each has claimed a head-to-head win on home turf in that competition.
On that evidence, we like 2.4 for the Warriors to prevail by 1-12 points to kick off our Challenge Cup final predictions.
Wigan Warriors Odds
Wigan began their quest for a record-extending 20th cup triumph with a clinical 20-0 win over Salford and then prevailed 36-6 at Wakefield.
The Warriors were underdogs to get past St Helens in the semis, but raced into a 14-0 half-time lead at Elland Road.
Saints were a different side after the break and rallied to hit the front, but Liam Marshall pounced on a loose pass to break away and regain the advantage.
Wigan last lifted this trophy back in 2013, losing out to Hull five years ago in their sole final appearance since then.
Head coach Matt Peet is excited by the prospect of bringing back his hometown club’s glory days.
“We’re very proud,” he said. “It was a goal at the start of the year to take the town to one of the big games. I just love the idea of them having a great weekend.
“It’s all about winning now. After the semi-final, I felt we’d achieved a big step but we know it’s only going to be a quality weekend if we get the performance and the result.
“It was great to win a semi-final but it will be awful if we lose the final.”
Wigan do have more big-match experience in some key areas, with the likes of John Bateman, Liam Farrell and Bevan French boasting Grand Final appearances.
They also have the stand-out attacking threat in Australian full-back Jai Field, who will be well backed to score the opening try in the Challenge Cup final odds.
Huddersfield Giants Odds
Huddersfield eased past Barrow 30-16 in the sixth round before seeing off Hull 24-16 in the quarter-finals.
The Giants appeared set for a tight tussle with Hull KR in the semis, but instead enjoyed a straightforward 25-4 victory.
Ian Watson, who led Salford as losing finalists in 2020, has instilled an admirable work ethic into his current team.
Wigan boss Preet commented: “One thing about Huddersfield is that, regardless of who they have got in, they’re very well organised.
“They’re a well-drilled side who know the systems well. It would be pretty steady whoever they go with.
“It’s not a week where massive individuals matter, which is a big compliment to Ian and his team.”
Even so, injury doubts over regular half-backs Oliver Russell and Theo Fages are worrying ahead of such a big occasion.
Teenager Will Pryce has not played since March due to being banned for a dangerous tackle and these are issues Huddersfield could do without.
It may also take them time to settle in their first final since 2009, so 1.95 for the first scoring play to be a Wigan try completes our Challenge Cup final betting tips.
WIGAN 20-18 St Helens
HUDDERSFIELD 25-4 Hull KR
Head-to-head: Huddersfield 32-22 Wigan, Wigan 22-12 Huddersfield, Huddersfield 12-14 Wigan, Wigan 16-12 Huddersfield
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