AS the Challenge Cup reaches the quarter final stage, eight of the Super League’s top nine are eyeing a place in August’s Wembley final.
And Huddersfield Giants are 8/1 with Stan James to emerge from the pack to lift the prestigious trophy in a market headed by holders Warrington (9/4, Partybets).
Given the last-eight line-up, there are no ‘easy’ games left in the competition and the Giants’ trip to Castleford certainly has a tricky feel about it, especially as Nathan Brown’s men head to the Tigers on the back of that heavy defeat at Bradford.
Nevertheless, Huddersfield are Paddy Power’s 1/2 favourites to book their place in the semis, at the expense of the Tigers, Victor Chandler’s 7/4 outsiders, while in what should be a close affair, Betdaq quote the sides at 21.0 (20/1) to be inseparable after 80 minutes.
Expected to ultimately come out on top, the Giants are 4/5 (Totesport) to lead at the end of each half and it’s also 4/5, this time with Skybet, for the contest’s first scoring play to be a Giants try.
In the handicaps, Boylesports give the hosts a four-point advantage, pricing Brown’s troops at 4/5.
In that situation, bet365 quote 4/5 for the Giants to overhaul a 4.5-point deficit and, for more confident fans, Ladbrokes and Sportingbet mark 10/11 against Huddersfield, when they kick-off six points in arrears.
More specifically, Betfred rate the visitors at 5/1 to prevail by 6-10 points and a victory by 11-15 is a chunkier 15/2 courtesy of the same firm.
Odds have been supplied by www.betrescue.com
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