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Rugby League: Grand Final repeat the standout Cup clash

The Challenge Cup enters the quarter-final stage this week and there will be plenty of attention on Saturday's showdown between Catalans Dragons and St Helens.

It's a repeat of last season's Super League Grand Final, in a game that saw Saints lift the trophy for a third consecutive year.

History will mean little when the teams meet in Perpignan this weekend, with a place in the semi-finals up for grabs and a step closer to Wembley the target.

Two of the best go head-to-head

After both teams reached the Super League Grand Final last season, it looks like Catalans and St Helens will be in the mix for the title once again.

Catalans have already proven they can go all the way in the Challenge Cup, with the Dragons winning their first piece of major silverware under head coach Steve McNamara back in 2018.

That was one of the first indications Catalans were moving to becoming a force to be reckoned with and their progress has continued.

Although they face a stern test against the current Cup holders, the Dragons won't fear the Saints as they arrive in Perpignan.

Catalans are 13/10 to win on home soil, while Saints are 4/6 for the victory in 80 minutes across the Channel.

Tight contest expected on Friday

It's a clash between Hull KR and Castleford Tigers which kicks off the quarter-finals on Friday evening and another tight encounter looks to be on the cards for this one.

The Robins have already beaten the Tigers in Super League this season, with KR winning 26-10 back in February.

However, Castleford have shown real signs of progress in recent weeks, beating Leeds Rhinos 40-16 in the last round of the Challenge Cup, before a 32-6 win over Toulouse.

The Tigers will take that newfound confidence to Craven Park Stadium and are 4/5 for the win, while Hull KR are available at 1/1.

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Huddersfield eager to take giant step

Huddersfield are another team showing improvement and Giants fans will be holding on to hopes of a dream Wembley trip when they host Hull FC on Saturday.

A 28-12 win over Catalans last week was another representation of how far this Huddersfield side have come, with the result taking the Giants up to third in the Super League table.

Another fierce battle is expected against fifth place Hull FC, who will harbour their own ambitions of reaching Wembley for the first time since 2017.

Huddersfield are 5/6 for the win, while Hull FC are 21/20.

Wigan must be wary of Wakefield threat

While Wigan will be firm favourites going into Sunday's quarter-final with Wakefield, the Warriors must be wary of Trinity's strengths.

Wakefield knocked out Warrington Wolves on their own patch in the last round and, on home turf, they will get plenty of backing from their faithful supporters.

Wigan are looking strong once again this season and just managed to grind out a 19-18 win over Hull FC in their last outing.

The Warriors are 2/5 to win across the Pennines on Sunday, while Wakefield are 2/1 to spring another surprise and come out on top in the 80 minutes.

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