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22 Mar 2018 by TSZ

2018 Super League – Hull FC vs Catalans Dragons Preview

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AT A GLANCE

When? Friday 23rd March, 19:45

Where? The KCOM Stadium

What channel is it on? Hull FC vs Catalans Dragons will not be televised live

Where can I stream the match? N/A

Are tickets still available? https://ticketing.hullfc.com/m...

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

HULL FC

Head Coach: Lee Radford

Squad: Abdull, Bowden, Connor, Faraimo, Fash, Green, Griffin, Hadley, Kelly, Lane, Logan, Matongo, Minichiello, Shaul, Sneyd, Talanoa, Taylor, Tuimavave, Washbrook

Unavailable: Danny Houghton, Mickey Paea, Sika Manu

  • Hull FC were poor in defeat away at Salford Red Devils last week. Hull were leading 2-8 after 28 minutes but didn’t score another point and were comfortably beaten 24-8.
  • Head coach Lee Radford is able to recall key man Albert Kelly in what he hopes will help his side’s faltering attack. Jansin Turgut is the man to make way from the 19-man squad.
  • Whilst Hull’s away form is poor, the Black and Whites have won seven of their last nine home fixtures and will be looking to improve that record against Super League’s bottom side.

CATALANS DRAGONS

Head Coach: Steve McNamara

Squad: Aiton, Albert, Anderson, Baitieri, Bird, Broughton, Bousquet, Casty, Duport, Garcia, Gigot, Jullien, Langi, Margalet, McIllorum, Mead, Moa, Simon, Tierney, Thornley, Wiliame, Yaha

Unavailable: Luke Walsh, Louis Anderson, Vincent Duport, Benjamin Jullien

  • Catalans couldn’t win back-to-back games as they went down to Warrington last week. The Dragons were poor and were nilled at home for the first time in Super League.
  • Catalans remain on one win from their opening six games with them scoring an average of just 10 points per game.
  • Jason Baitieri has served his suspension whilst Jodie Broughton and Samisoni Langi have recovered from injury. Louis Anderson, Vincent Duport and Benjamin Jullien all make way.

THE PREDICTION

Hull and Catalans head into this game with both in desperate need of a win. Hull have had a tough start to the season but would have pinpointed last week’s game with Salford as an opportunity to claim two points. However, they were poor and were soundly beaten but their opponents in this game were arguably worse as they were comfortably beaten at home to Warrington without troubling the scorers. With Albert Kelly back for Hull, they should see a response against a Catalans side that already look destined for the Middle 8s.

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