Cup Kings set for barnstormer
Hull FC vs. Catalans Dragons
Thursday May 30, 19:35 BST
Live on Sky Sports Arena
The attention switches back to the Challenge Cup this weekend with Thursday's televised game seeing Hull FC hosting the Catalans Dragons, the two sides having won the last three finals between them.
It's scratch on the Sportsbook's handicap at time of writing despite hugely-contrasting results at Magic Weekend for the teams for all they sit third and fourth in the Super League table. The Dragons continued their fine run with a fourth straight win in Liverpool, beating Wakefield 25-18. Inconsistent Hull, however, have to dust themselves off from a 55-2 mullering by Huddersfield just a week on after turning over Warrington at the Halliwell Jones.
Hull coach Lee Radford has winger Bureta Faraimo, Andre Savelio and Jez Litten back, while Steve McNamara can recall Sam Tomkins, and hooker Michael McIlorum, who has signed a new two-year contract this week.
It's one apiece between the sides in 2019. Marc Sneyd kicked his second golden point goal of the season as the Black and Whites won 31-30 in France in Round 10 before the Dragons got their revenge with a comprehensive 37-6 win at Hull at the start of the month.
This game seems set to be more like the first one and it could be close.
Have a bet on the winning margin to be no more than 8.
Classy Wolves to roar into the last four
Hull Kingston Rovers vs. Warrington Wolves
Friday May 31, 19:35 BST
Live on Sky Sports Arena
Friday's game sees Hull KR, beaten finalists in 2015, welcome Warrington Wolves, who left Wembley empty-handed in 2016 and 2018, and it's Steve Price's side that can take a step closer to successive finals.
Both teams were victorious at Magic Weekend at Anfield, in a remarkable coincidence against the clubs they'd beaten in the last 16 of this competition, Rovers securing a much-needed two points with a 22-20 win over Salford, while the Wolves eased past Wigan 26-14 to strengthen their position in second in the Super League table.
Warrington have beaten their hosts twice in the league already this year, first by 28-14 at home in Round 2, before battering them 54-6 at Craven Park on Easter Monday. They have an unchanged squad and could ease into the semis if turning on the style against Tim Sheens' side, who are missing captain Joel Tomkins through suspension, and have conceded the most points in the league.
Back the Wolves to cover the handicap.