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Challenge Cup final: Sky Sports look key battles in Wigan and Hull's Wembley showdown

Last Updated: 23/08/13 3:19pm

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Gareth Ellis: Will face up against his England team-mate Liam Farrell on Saturday, the winner of that contest could well win the match

Gareth Ellis: Will face up against his England team-mate Liam Farrell on Saturday, the winner of that contest could well win the match

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With Wigan Warriors and Hull FC set to lock horns in the Challenge Cup final on Saturday, Sky Sports look at where the game could be won and lost at Wembley.

18-times winners Wigan are favourites to add to their collection but having already shocked Warrington in the semi-final, Hull will go into Saturday's match confident they can cause an upset.

If they are to do that then there are a number of crucial battles that they will have to win across the pitch...

Blake Green (Wigan) v Daniel Holdsworth (Hull)

It would be unfair to describe Hull as a one-man team but they have definitely suffered in Holdsworth's considerable absence this year.

The Australian stand-off demonstrated his immense value to the team on his return for their semi-final win over Warrington in which his precision kicking game proved crucial.

Green is a more rounded pivot with an ability to attack the line and has struck up a superb partnership with Matty Smith, who also worked effectively with Holdsworth in their time together at Salford.

Michael McIlorum (Wigan) v Danny Houghton (Hull)

Wembley should be a fitting setting for two of Super League's leading hookers, neither of whom would be out of place in the England team.

If the combative McIlorum can maintain his discipline, he can help create the space for Sam Tomkins to work his magic for the Warriors.

Houghton has long been an unsung hero for his club but he has taken his game to new heights this year. An immense talent whose all-round game makes him one of Hull's biggest threats.

Liam Farrell (Wigan) v Gareth Ellis (Hull)

They could be second-row partners for England in the World Cup but will be out to get the better of each other at Wembley.

Farrell was the leading second rower in Super League in the first half of the

season and, although his form has dipped in recent weeks, his work-rate and ability to break the line makes him one of Wigan's danger men.

Ellis remains a world-class competitor and an inspirational leader in the twilight of his career and, as he demonstrated in the semi-final, is guaranteed to produce a big performance to match the occasion.

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