The Challenge Cup Final, rugby league’s first piece of silverware available this season, will be contested between the Wigan Warriors and Hull FC at Wembley on Sunday.
Wigan will be favourites having won the trophy back in 2011, while Hull FC have not won the Cup since their dramatic victory in 2005 against the Leeds Rhinos.
The bookmakers make Wigan clear favourites, with them offering odds of 1/3 on the Warriors. Hull FC on the other hand are at 5/2, meaning a Hull victory would be a victory for the underdogs.
As it stands the two sides are separated by four places in the Super League table. Wigan sit in third position on 35 points while Hull FC are in seventh place and nine points adrift of their final opponents.
Furthermore Wigan have a much superior record in the Challenge Cup having won the Cup on 18 previous occasions. Hull on the other hand have only managed four victories in comparison.
Additionally, Hull FC have never tasted victory at Wembley while they have also been defeated in the final on 11 occasions. Therefore, all in all the odds are stacked heavily against them.
The sides last met in a Challenge Cup final in 1985 with Wigan triumphing on that day by 28 points to 24.
The Daily Mail has revealed that the Wigan Warriors coach, Shaun Wane, has extended his contract at the club, giving the side a boost before the final.
The Warriors will be hoping to replicate the success of the town’s football team who triumphed in the FA Cup Final last season against Manchester City also at Wembley.
Whether the final will be as one sided as predicted is not yet known but with the pressure of a final it is sure to be an intense game between the sides, worthy of the occasion.