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21 Sep 2018 by Ash Wheldon

2018 Super League – Hull FC vs Catalans Dragons Preview

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AT A GLANCE

When? Saturday 22nd September, 17:00

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/match-tickets.aspx

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

HULL FC

Head Coach: Lee Radford

Squad: Abdull, Bienek, Connor, Faraimo, Fash, Griffin, Hadley, Harris, Lane, Litten, Matongo, Miloudi, Paea, Scott, Shaul, Talanoa, Taylor, Tuimavave, Washbrook

Unavailable: Josh Bowden, Joe Westerman, Albert Kelly, Mark Minichiello, Chris Green, Marc Sneyd, Danny Houghton, Sika Manu

  • Hull fought valiantly in the first half against league leaders St Helens last week but fell short in the second half. The Black and Whites were just six points behind at the break but Saints ran in 20 unanswered points to condemn Hull to a 38-12 defeat.

  • Carlos Tuimavave and Jamie Shaul are back in the squad after being late withdrawals last week. Mickey Paea also returns whilst Josh Griffin is named in the 19 having received a late call-up for the St Helens game. Sika Manu will miss the remaining two games with an MCL injury.

  • Hull have now lost nine games in a row and will be looking to put an end to that run here in their final home game of 2018. They have lost just four home matches this season and will be seeking their 11th win on home soil here.

CATALANS DRAGONS

Head Coach: Steve McNamara

Squad: Albert, Baitieri, Belmas, Bird, Da Costa, Drinkwater, Duport, Edwards, Gigot, Goudemand, Jullien, Margalet, Maria, McIlorum, Mead, Moa, Perez, Tierney, Wiliame

Unavailable: Jodie Broughton, Louis Anderson, Samisoni Langi, Remi Casty, Julian Bousquet, Mickael Simon, Ben Garcia

  • Catalans ended the game well against Wakefield but it wasn’t enough to really test Trinity as they went down to another defeat. The Dragons were second best for much of the game as they were defeated 34-22.

  • Mickael Simon is banned after he was sent off for punching against Wakefield last week. Ben Garcia is also out through injury but Michael McIlorum is back whilst Antoni Maria is also named in the 19.

  • Catalans have now lost their last six league matches as their season peters out although a win here would see them rise to seventh place and leapfrog their opponents in the process.

THE PREDICTION

Hull and Catalans come head-to-head with both teams in desperate need of a win. The home side need that win more having lost their last nine whilst the Dragons have lost six in a row in the league. It’s been a season to forget for Hull and they will want to break their losing sequence before it is out. However, not even this current poor run of form can ruin Catalans’ season after they lifted the Challenge Cup. Hull have a few bodies back this week and have shown some improvements in their last two matches whilst Catalans are still missing some key men in the pack. That could be the difference here as Hull can win and avoid an unwanted tenth straight loss.

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