27th April 2012, 11:44pm
Warrington vs Bradford Betting: Conditions could assist Bradford in staying closer to Warrington than people think
Warrington have a good record in the Challenge Cup having won the tournament in 2009 and 2010 and they will be looking to reclaim the trophy this season. In order to do that they will need to make it past Bradford Bulls in their last sixteen match on Saturday afternoon. Bradford have been struggling financially so they would love to progress in the cup a bit further too which should make for an exciting game.
Warrington come into the match as the 1/14 favourites with Ladbrokes and that appears a little bit short considering they made heavy weather of beating Bradford in Super League earlier in the season. The Wolves will have Michael Monaghan back for this match after the scrum half turned hooker has been out with injury. Richie Myler is out through injury so youngster Gareth O’Brien will be looking to lay a marker down when he deputises for him.
Bradford will welcome half back Luke Gale back for this match after the utility back has missed the last ten matches through injury. Despite their financial problems Bradford have remained as competitive as they can and will go to Warrington looking to cause a major upset. Heath L’Estrange is back in the Bulls reckoning after serving a suspension so Bradford will go to the Halliwell Jones Stadium with near enough a clean bill of health. Jamie Donaldson remains a long term absentee.
Warrington haven’t been the impressive free flowing try scoring machines they were last season but a lot of that has been down to the appalling weather of recent times however they performed a lot better against Castleford last week. Bradford will hope the weather is a bit bad so that Warrington’s pace and power is nullified slightly and then off the back of that they can use their own quality forwards to get at Warrington. I still think the Wolves will win the match but conditions could dictate that it is a lot closer than bookmakers think.
Back Bradford (+22) to beat Warrington for a 4/10 stake at 1.91 with Paddy Power