Wounded Wakefield can give Red Devils a fright
Salford have suffered a lull in form
Ladbrokes Challenge Cup quarter-final
Sky Sports 2, 8pm Thursday
At the start of the season, the suggestion that either Salford or Wakefield would reach the semi-finals of the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup would have been met with some raised eyebrows but either the Red Devils or Trinity will be 80 minutes from Wembley at full-time.
Bookmakers believe Salford are more likely to be dreaming of a big day out in August when the siren goes.
Ian Watson’s side have been chalked up at 1-2 with Wakey 2-1 to make it through to the last four for the second successive season.
Those prices fly in the face of recent form. It’s just 11 days since Wakefield travelled to the AJ Bell Stadium in the Betfred Super League and won 34-24.
Mason Caton-Brown notched a match-winning hat-trick against his old club and Reece Lyme bagged a brace just as he did in Trinity’s 24-22 success at home to Salford three months ago.
MCB is 11-10 to touch down at any time while, if selected, Lyne could be value at 2-1 considering he’s scored in four of his last five appearances.
Salford’s most recent defeat by Wakefield was followed by last weekend’s abject loss at home to Hull when they were fortunate to escape with a 34-10 hammering.
The Red Devils are asked to concede a handicap of between six and eight points so anyone backing the hosts is banking on a dramatic revival in form.
Salford have won eight of their 11 home games in 2017 but only two of the victories came by more than ten points and Trinity would be a far more confident handicap pick if it weren’t for a mounting casualty list.
David Fifita and James Batchelor picked up injuries in last Saturday’s two-point defeat by Leeds and join playmaker Jacob Miller and winger Tom Johnstone on the sidelines.
However, coach Chris Chester has been marshalling his depleted troops extremely well for several weeks.
Prior to the loss to Leeds, Wakefield had won their previous seven matches and the only team to have defeated them by more than eight points in their last 14 games are runaway league leaders Castleford.
Even if Trinity are toppled, they're a side who can be relied on to battle to the bitter end to reward handicap backers.
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