Dragons can step closer to Wembley return

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On Thursday, Catalans Dragons will be looking to go another step closer to Wembley and defending their Challenge Cup crown when they head to Hull FC in the quarter-finals.

Catalans to win by 1-8 points @ 23/10

The Dragons are in hot form right now, with head coach Steve McNamara guiding the Perpignan outfit to third place in the Super League table with 10 wins from 16 games so far in 2019.

Catalans have won their last four games in all competitions and go into Thursday’s encounter on the back of a 25-18 win at Anfield over Wakefield Trinity over the Magic Weekend.

Full-back Sam Tomkins and hooker Micky McIlorum are both set for a return, which will come as a welcome boost ahead of their latest trip across the Channel.

Catalans should be full of confidence, having secured a 37-6 victory over the Black & Whites on their last trip to the KCOM at the start of May.

As for the Airlie Birds, they were thumped 55-2 in their last outing against Huddersfield Giants and Thursday night might well see their Challenge Cup hopes brought to an end.

Halifax RLFC to win @ 23/20

Halifax will be looking to do a double over Bradford Bulls in the space of just a few weeks when the two West Yorkshire rivals face off once more on Sunday.

In what was a tight encounter, it was Halifax who managed to come away from Odsal with the two points in the Championship after a 21-14 victory on May 18.

This weekend should provide another physical battle and, although the Bulls did beat old rivals Leeds Rhinos on the way to this stage of the competition, John Kear and his side may struggle to reproduce another such performance.

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