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07 Sep 2018 by Ash Wheldon

2018 Super League – Hull FC vs Castleford Tigers Preview

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AT A GLANCE

When? Friday 7th September, 19:45

Where? The KCOM Stadium

What channel is it on? Sky Sports Arena

Where can I stream the match? Sky Sports subscribers can stream the match online via Sky Go

Are tickets still available? https://ticketing.hullfc.com/match-tickets.aspx

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

HULL FC

Head Coach: Lee Radford

Squad: Bienek, Faraimo, Fash, Hadley, Harris, Houghton, Lane, Litten, Manu, Matongo, Miloudi, Scott, Shaul, Talanoa, Taylor, Tuimavave, Washbrook

Unavailable: Josh Bowden, Joe Westerman, Albert Kelly, Jake Connor, Mark Minichiello, Chris Green, Marc Sneyd, Mickey Paea, Josh Griffin, Jordan Abdull

  • Hull were humiliated at the hands of Warrington last week. The Black and Whites allowed the Wolves to run in 14 tries as they were hammered 80-10 which was their biggest ever defeat.

  • Cameron Scott comes into the squad for the injured Mickey Paea. Josh Griffin and Jordan Abdull were initially included in the 19-man squad but have also been withdrawn with Lee Radford stating he only has 17 fit players to choose from.

  • It’s now seven defeats in a row for Hull and they have conceded 291 points in that period, an average of 41.7 points per game.

CASTLEFORD TIGERS

Head Coach: Daryl Powell

Squad: Clare, Clark, Eden, Gale, Holmes, Maher, Massey, Mata’utia, McMeeken, McShane, Millington, Milner, Moors, Roberts, Shenton, Trueman, Wardle, Watts, Webster

Unavailable: Alex Foster, Greg Minikin, Matt Cook, Quentin Laulu-Togaga’e, Jesse Sene-Lefao, Jamie Ellis

  • Castleford kept their hopes alive of a second-place finish as they comfortably saw off Catalans last week. The Tigers controlled the game for large spells and ran out 36-4 winners.

  • Daryl Powell has named an unchanged squad for the second week running and is likely to go with the same 17 unless there are any late knocks.

  • The Tigers haven’t won at the KCOM Stadium since 2016 but will be confident of ending that record here.

THE PREDICTION

Hull’s season hit a new low last week as they were humbled by Warrington and will need a big response to not suffer another loss with Castleford the opponents this week. The Tigers looked good last week with the return of Luke Gale and Ben Roberts aiding their push towards a shot at the Grand Final. They will be hoping to kick on once again here with another game to get back up to match fitness. They could exploit the turmoil that the Black and Whites are currently suffering by racking up another big score with Hull showing some improvement but not enough to get the win with their injuries continuing to cause them problems.

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