Keith Senior’s Challenge Cup Predictions

Hull FC vs Castleford Tigers (Friday 7.45pm)

This should be a very close game between two evenly matched teams. Both have their injury problems and particularly in Castleford’s case they are starting to show in the results. However, Hull were terrible in their last outing against Catalans and I think the Tigers will edge it.

Keith says: Castleford by 4

Wakefield Trinity vs Widnes Vikings (Friday 7.45pm)

With the home sides well noted injury troubles this could be closer than most people expect. Widnes have been going okay in the Championship and are slowly climbing the table. I think they will give Wakefield a game but I can’t see them having enough to win it.

Keith says: Wakefield by 10

Dewsbury Rams vs Halifax RLFC (Friday 8pm)

Two Championship teams facing off here and they are only two places apart in the league. On home soil Dewsbury will fancy their chances but having already beaten Super League opposition in the last round, Halifax will be too strong for the Rams I think.

Keith says: Halifax by 12

Salford Red Devils vs Hull KR (Saturday 2pm)

Salford got a great win against Leeds last week and they continue to thrive with Hastings and Lui pulling the strings. Hull KR are doing it tough at the moment and they seem to be letting in a lot of points, so it’s Salford for me in this one.

Keith says: Salford by 18

Bradford Bulls vs Leeds Rhinos (Saturday 2.30pm)

It’s great to see the Bradford-Leeds derby return and it will be Richard Agar taking charge of the Rhinos at Odsal. Dave Furner’s sacking has surprised many and I’m not sure how the players will react. The Bulls will be up for this and Jordan Lilley will have a point to prove, so Leeds better be ready for a tough game!

Keith says: Leeds by 14

Catalans Dragons vs Doncaster (Saturday 3pm)

I’m sure the Doncaster players will enjoy a nice few days in the South of France against the Challenge Cup holders. The Dons are currently sixth in League 1 under Richard Horne and the only way I can see them troubling the Dragons is if it’s torrential rain.

Keith says: Catalans by 50

Warrington Wolves vs Wigan Warriors (Sunday 2.15pm)

Warrington and Wigan renew their Challenge Cup rivalry at the Halliwell Jones Stadium and on current form you have to fancy the Wolves. Wigan were really poor against London last week and I think Austin, Ratchford and Clark will have a field day.

Keith says: Warrington by 16

Huddersfield Giants vs St Helens (Sunday 6.05pm)

I really thought Huddersfield would be able to overcome an injury-hit Wakefield last week but they fell short at the death. Saints are just a very good team and I can’t see anyone beating them at the moment. I don’t think they will have trouble getting past the Giants.

Keith says: Saints by 20

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