The two best teams in this season’s Super League meet on Saturday afternoon in the Challenge Cup Final 2016 and Hull at last have a team capable of ending their Wembley misery when they face Warrington Wolves. The Black and Whites have played in 16 previous finals, winning only three, and have lost on all eight of their visits to the national stadium.
A dominant Leeds side thrashed Hull KR in last year’s showpiece, but this match promises to be an extremely tight affair and there is little to choose between the two sides in the betting. Warrington are marginal favourites with most firms, but they are Evens with Paddy Power, with Hull an 11/10 chance with the tournament sponsors Ladbrokes.
The two teams are separated by a single point at the top of the Super League table, with Hull enjoying the advantage, but the Wolves are the leading point scorers in that competition and have conceded the fewest. The head-to-head record shows two slender victories for Hull in the league, by 2 and then 7 points.
Hull suffered a little wobble after their win against the Wolves in Cheshire back in June, losing to Huddersfield, Leeds and Castleford, but they have whitewashed Widnes and Catalans in their last two games to get back on track and secure their place in the play-offs, giving themselves added impetus going into the final.
As you would expect from two evenly matched teams who are making the strongest challenges for the title, there are numerous players from either side who are expected to catch the eye at Wembley and there will particularly strong interest in the Man of the Match betting.
Hull’s outstanding scrum-half Marc Sneyd heads the betting at 5/1, with Warrington’s Australian halfback Chris Sandow at 11/2. Sandow’s team-mate Daryl Clark is an interesting choice at 9/1, but we like the look of Hull’s try-scoring full back Jamie Shaul – the former bricklayer and boyhood Hull fan is a 14/1 shot with Stan James to lift the Lance Todd Trophy and no better than 11s elsewhere.
|Hull FC||Match Betting||11/10||Ladbrokes|
|Jamie Shaul||Man of the Match||14/1||Stan James|