Rugby League Challenge Cup Final Showdown: Wigan Warriors vs. Warrington Wolves

Rugby League Challenge Cup Final Preview: Wigan Warriors vs. Warrington Wolves

On Saturday, the Rugby League Challenge Cup final will take place at Wembley, with defending champions Wigan Warriors taking on Warrington Wolves. Sponsored by Betfred, Wigan are the 4/9 favorites to lift the trophy and complete a domestic “Tiger Slam” by holding all available trophies.

The Warriors were pushed hard in their recent Super League clash with a makeshift Warrington side, but the focus will now shift to this prestigious cup final. Wigan’s preparations have been slightly disrupted, however, as Adam Keighran and Liam Dupree received bans following the league game, ruling them out of the Wembley showdown.

“Despite the absentees, Wigan are still tipped to edge this tight encounter.”

The 80-minute betting sees them priced at 1/2, with Warrington at 15/8. The value could lie in the Wolves getting a 6.5-point start on the handicap at 5/6. While Wigan’s kicking game may not be as strong without Keighran, their forward pack, led by the impressive Luke Thompson, is expected to eventually gain control of the contest.

In terms of potential try scorers, Wigan’s Liam Marshall, the Super League’s leading try scorer, is an attractive 7/1 option. Warrington’s Matty Ashton at 8/1 and the powerful Junior Nsemba at 3/1 also offer intriguing anytime try scorer bets.

Ultimately, this has the makings of a classic Challenge Cup final, and while Warrington will push their opponents all the way, Wigan’s overall strength and experience may just prove the difference as they aim to retain the trophy.

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