Hull FC v Wigan: Will Black and Whites find their hangover cure?

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Hull FC will need to shake off any Challenge Cup final hangover if they’re to beat Wigan Warriors and keep their League Leaders’ Shield attempt on track.

The Airlie Birds followed their Cup final success with defeat at St Helens last week.

That was perhaps no surprise given previous winners’ records after claiming Wembley glory. But a return of some big names should help their cause against the Warriors tonight.

As Leeds proved last season though, the Challenge Cup hangover can last for more than one week, as they went on a three-match losing streak after demolishing Hull KR in the final.

They did, however, famously turn their fortunes around, claiming the League Leaders’ Shield in the last seconds of the season and going on to win the Grand Final at Old Trafford.

FC’s opponents tonight, Wigan, have had a peculiar season, one which continued last week as they were beaten at home by a Widnes side with little to play for but pride.

Shaun Wane’s outfit haven’t been at their best all season, especially in attack, yet they still find themselves in the top four and in with a chance of finishing top.

The match betting odds suggest Hull will celebrate their first home game since the famous Challenge Cup win with a victory, as they’re 4/7 to record victory, while Wigan are 7/4 to take the two points back across the Pennines with them.

If they are to do just that they will have to perform considerably better than they did during last week’s loss to Widnes, against a Hull side who have performed consistently for most of the season.

While Wigan may lack spark in attack, their defence has been strong all year – making the 5/6 available for under 45.5 points to be scored in the game an attractive price.

Hull duo Jamie Shaul and Fetuli Talanoa are leading the Black and Whites’ tryscoring charts in 2016 with 14 apiece, and in our enhanced double, you can get 4/1 for them both to score at anytime.

Get the latest odds and check our other Enhanced Specials here.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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Joe Whiteley

Joe is a Yorkshireman with a love for most sports, but especially rugby league, football and cricket. After realising he didn't have the strength, skill or hand-eye coordination to play any of those professionally, he completed a degree in Sports Journalism. He has since worked for sports publishers, newspapers and a professional rugby league club before joining Ladbrokes.