St Helens are the new favourites to win the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup this season after being paired with the lowest ranked team left in the competition in last night’s sixth-round draw.
The 12-time winners and current Super League champions will host League One outfit York City Knights in the next round and as such have been cut to 11/4 to make it lucky number 13 in Rugby League’s highest profile cup competition.
The Knights may have reached the final in 1931 but these days the gulf between the Huntington club and those in the top flight is clear for all to see.
James Ford’s side have been priced up at 33/1 to cause a major upset and at a whopping 2000/1 to go all the way.
Alex Donohue of Ladbrokes said: “St Helens have had the kindest draw on paper and while all neutrals will be cheering the York City Knights on, it would have to go down as one of the biggest sporting upsets of recent times if they were to triumph.
“As sponsors of the competition we’re very much looking forward to the sixth round ties.”
Elsewhere in the draw Salford Red Devils conquerors and current Championship leaders Leigh Centurions will fancy their chances after being handed Wakefield in the next round.
The Wildcats are rooted to the bottom of the Super League and after losing 80-0 in their recent clash with Warrington will be wary of the threat from the Centurions.
The Wolves have also been handed lower-league opposition as they travel to Dewsbury to take on the Rams, while Catalans v Featherstone and Widnes v Batley Bulldogs are the other cross-divisional ties.
The remaining three fixtures are all Super League affairs, with Leeds taking on West Yorkshire rivals Huddersfield, Hull FC paired with Castleford and Wigan hosting Hull KR.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.
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