Reigning champions Wigan take on Hull KR in the Betfred Challenge Cup semi-final at Headingley on Sunday (17:00), with these well-matched foes battling it out for a place in next month’s final at Wembley.

Let’s take a look at the betting to see if we can find a couple of good tips heading into the game…

Wigan Warriors vs Hull KR Betting Tips

  • Wigan to win by 1-5 points @ 6/1
  • Liam Marshall to score the first try @ 6/1

Liam Marshall’s late score made the difference last May as the Warriors ran out the 16-14 wins over Huddersfield and they battled past Warrington 14-12 to make it into the last four, having earlier had to overcome Leeds 18-14.While the Cherry and Whites have been pushed hard, KR have had a relatively easy ride, beating Batley 50-0 first time out before easing past Salford 28-10.The pair now meet at Headingley and Matty Peet’s side will need to be more convincing than in the pair’s previous meetings in 2023.The Robins won 27-18 in February before being squeezed out on Golden Point in May and this could be a titanic tussle in West Yorkshire.

Team newsPeet has made one change to his 21-man squad from last Friday’s 26-12 Betfred Super League win over Warrington, with Willie Isa back in the squad.Isa has been missing with a hamstring injury since May and comes in for Iain Thornley.KR will be without Dean Hadley, who has failed his HIA, but Kane Linnett and Mikey Lewis both return after coming through those protocols.Louix Gorman has been included in the 21 for the first time but the real news is that Elliot Minchella is back available following a neck injury.

Wigan to win by 1-5 Points @ 6/1

Wigan may have been mixed against KR this session but have shown time and again, not just in 2023, that they can grind it out.Their quarter-final win over Warrington was done despite Kaide Ellis being sent off after just six minutes following an altercation with Stefan Ratchford.Even last May’s final win over the Giants was an example of them failing to truly fire but still coming out on the right side of the result.KR also battled to a victory last time out, winning 19-18 at Leeds so have recent experience of tasting success at Headingley.Willie Peters’ team have enjoyed a fine first season under his tutelage but lost their three matches before beating the Rhinos and after losing last season’s semi-finals, could again come out on the wrong side of the result on Sunday. Considering their two matches this season, and last year’s semi-final and final, the Warriors have won their last four Challenge Cup games by four or less points and a victory by 1-5 might be the one to look for.

Liam Marshall to score the first try @ 6/1

Marshall grabbed his side’s first try in last weekend’s win over Warrington and also crossed first for them in February’s 27-18 defeat at Craven Park.The 27-year-old is enjoying another strong season, with 16 Betfred Super League tries to his name and, despite being still to open his account in the Challenge Cup, has every chance of eclipsing last season’s tally of 26 tries in all competitions.Likely opposite number Louis Senior is a player with potential but can be ragged on defence. If the nerves kick in, Marshall may take advantage of any early defensive lapses.

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