Wigan and Saints favourites for cup glory

Ladbrokes have priced Wigan Warriors and St Helens as 4/1 joint favourites to go all the way and lift the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup in 2015.

First Utility Super League champions St Helens will be looking to add more silverware to the cabinet at Langtree Park this year as they aim to reach Wembley for the first time since 2008.

Wigan’s last Wembley success was in 2013 when they beat Hull FC and after missing out on trophies last season will not be short of incentive this time around.

Martin Offiah, a four-time winner with Wigan and whose try against Leeds in the 1994 final is widely regarded as the best try ever scored at Wembley, said: “Wigan and St Helens are being tipped as the top teams following on from last year’s Grand Final. Things might change though as the season goes on.

“Warrington have signed some good players during pre-season and Leeds can never be ruled out to make another trip to the capital.

“It’s tough at Castleford this season having lost a few players but Daryl Powell is a top coach and knows what he’s doing.

“Putting my neck on the line I’m going to say Wigan and Leeds will be the teams walking out of the tunnel at Wembley on August 29.”

Challenge Cup holders Leeds Rhinos have been placed at 5/1 to retain the trophy they won in August after six unsuccessful attempts since 2000.

Castleford Tigers, the 2014 runners-up, are 25/1 to go one better by winning the game’s most historic competition, whilst Ladbrokes have 2012 winners Warrington Wolves as third favourites at 9/2.

Kingstone Press Championship clubs that will be looking to cause an upset in the Cup include Bradford Bulls 150/1, Leigh Centurions 250/1, London Broncos 250/1 and Featherstone Rovers 500/1.

All 40 teams entering at round one and starting the Challenge Cup journey are priced at 10,000/1 to make it through to the final.

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