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30 Aug 2018 by Ash Wheldon

2018 Super League – Warrington Wolves vs Hull FC Preview

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AT A GLANCE

When? Thursday 30th August, 19:45

Where? The Halliwell Jones Stadium

What channel is it on? Sky Sports Main Event/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://shop.warringtonwolves.com/match-tickets.aspx

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

WARRINGTON WOLVES

Head Coach: Steve Price

Squad: Atkins, K. Brown, Charnley, Clark, Cooper, Goodwin, Hill, Hughes, G. King, T. King, Lineham, Livett, Patton, Philbin, Pomeroy, Ratchford, Roberts, Thompson, Westwood

Unavailable: Ben Currie, Mitch Brown, Sitaleki Akauola, Ben Murdoch-Masila

  • Warrington will be looking to overcome their second Wembley defeat in three years after they lost the Challenge Cup final to Catalans last week. That came on the back of a defeat in their last league outing as they lost to top 4 rivals Castleford 28-18.

  • Ryan Atkins could return after a long spell on the sidelines whilst Bodene Thompson comes into the squad after he was ineligible last week. Ben Pomeroy also comes into contention having missed out on the Wembley squad. Ben Murdoch-Masila and Morgan Smith make way.

  • The Wolves may have had one eye on Wembley in the game against the Tigers but their focus is now very much on the league. That loss left Wire in fourth place and just four points ahead of in-form Huddersfield.

HULL FC

Head Coach: Lee Radford

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

Unavailable: Josh Bowden, Joe Westerman, Albert Kelly, Jake Connor, Mark Minichiello, Chris Green, Marc Sneyd

  • Hull’s miserable run of form continued as they were defeated by Huddersfield in their last game. The Black and Whites went in level at the break with neither side managing to cross the whitewash but the Giants proved too good in the second half as they ran out 26-6 winners.

  • Lee Radford has had it tough with injuries all season and it didn’t get any easier with Chris Green rupturing an Achilles to end his season whilst Mark Minichiello has probably played his last game of the season due to a hernia. Marc Sneyd is also out so youngsters Jez Litten and Masi Matongo receive call-ups whilst Hakim Miloudi is also brought back into the fold.

  • It’s now six defeats in a row for Hull and whilst they will be keen for this season to come to an end sooner rather than later, they will be hoping to snap this losing streak and start building towards next season.

THE PREDICTION

Warrington will be hoping to bounce back from their Challenge Cup heartache by responding in the best possible way with a win here. They have recent history on their side with 11 of the last 13 runners-up in the Challenge Cup winning their next league fixture. That would be a big boost to the Wolves who will be looking to use last week’s loss as motivation to drive them onto Super League success. They face a hugely out-of-form Hull FC side that have lost their last six matches. They have little to play for whilst Warrington need a win to avoid being put under pressure by Huddersfield who sit just four points behind. The break may have done Hull some good but Warrington should still get the win here.

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