St Helens v Castleford Tigers Challenge Cup Final Predictions & Tips

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St Helens and Castleford Tigers will meet in a major final for the first-ever when they contest the Challenge Cup Final at Wembley Stadium on Saturday afternoon. Get Bettingpro.com's best bets from this weekend's Challenge Cup Final.

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St Helens v Castleford Tigers Challenge Cup Final Predictions & Tips (Saturday, 15:00 BST)

As a fan of rugby league, I honestly have to say I prefer a day out at Wembley for the Challenge Cup Final rather than the Grand Final at Old Trafford. There is something about the cup that is magical. It’s a great day out – well it is if your teams are there. Unfortunately, my team isn’t this year. St Helens, who last won the Challenge Cup in 2008, will take on a Castleford Tigers side that has not lifted this piece of silverware since 1986. Saints have made just one change to their squad and that is an enforced one. Sione Mata’utia will miss out on the chance of facing his own brother in the Final – Castleford’s Peter- after picking up a one-match suspension. Tigers boss Daryl Powell – who is leaving the club at the end of the season – has made a lot of changes. He put out an under-strength team in the league last weekend when they went down 70-18 against Salford Red Devils. He welcomes back Niall Evalds, Derrell Olpherts, Peter Mata’utia, Jake Trueman, Paul McShane, Adam Milner, Nathan Massey, George Griffin, Daniel Smith, Suaia Matagi, Jordan Turner and Gareth O’Brien. There are arguments for and against resting players before a Final. Sometimes it’s good to rest the ones with niggles, but some players want to play every week, and then you run the risk of players getting suspended like Sione Mata’utia. By now, you all know I am a Wigan fan, so I have to say I am not fond of either side and don’t want any of them to win. I  have to pick a winner, and I just think that Saints have a better squad and are used to playing in big finals. I don’t think it will be a high-scoring game, but I back St Helens to lift the Challenge Cup for the 13th time with a winning margin of 6-10 points.

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