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12 Apr 2019 by Ash Wheldons

2019 Super League – Catalans Dragons vs Hull FC Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is Catalans Dragons vs Hull FC taking place? Saturday 13th April, 17:00

Where is Catalans Dragons vs Hull FC taking place? Stade Gilbert Brutus

What channel is Catalans Dragons vs Hull FC on in the UK? Sky Sports Arena

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

Where can I get tickets for Catalans Dragons vs Hull FC?

Catalans Dragons – https://www.dragons-billetterie.com/uk

Hull FC – https://hullfcshop.com/collections/tickets

THE TEAM NEWS

CATALANS DRAGONS

Head Coach: Steve McNamara

Squad: Albert, Baitieri, Bird, Bousquet, Casty, Da Costa, Garcia, Gigot, Goudemand, Jullien, Kasiano, Langi, Mead, Moa, Tierney, Tomkins, Whitley, Wiliame, Yaha

Unavailable: Jodie Broughton, Mickael Simon, Michael McIlorum, Kenny Edwards, Matty Smith

  • Catalans again showed why home advantage is important for them as they ended St. Helens' 100% start to the season with a hard-fought win and will now look to make it three home wins in a row as they host Hull FC.

  • The Dragons will again be without second-rower Kenny Edwards whilst there will be a new halfback combination after Matty Smith picked up a knock last week and is ruled out as a result.

  • In more positive news for the French side, Steve McNamara is able to welcome back a couple of injured players into his side with long-term absentees David Mead and Ben Garcia available once again.

HULL FC

Squad: Brown, Connor, Ellis, Faraimo, Griffin, Hadley, Houghton, Kelly, Lane, Logan, Manu, Minichiello, Nzoungou, Sneyd, Thompson, Tuimavave, Washbrook, Westerman, Wynne

Unavailable: Matty Dawson-Jones, Chris Green, Josh Bowden, Ratu Naulago, Jamie Shaul, Liam Harris, Masi Matongo, Scott Taylor, Mickey Paea, Andre Savelio

  • Hull FC bounced back from their heavy defeat against Warrington as they held off a late Salford fightback last week to leap into the top 5 but face an uphill task as they travel to the south of France.

  • Hull will be without Mickey Paea and Andre Savelio after both copped suspensions last week but that is just the tip of the iceberg with fellow forward Scott Taylor also out to leave the Black and Whites extremely short in the pack.

  • Fetuli Talanoa retired during the week after ongoing injury problems but Hull have been able to call upon Jake Connor, whilst Levy Nzoungou and Jack Brown are included in the squad and could make their debut.

THE PREDICTION

Catalans will be looking to make it three home wins in a row when they host Hull FC this weekend. The Dragons became the first team to beat St. Helens this season with a solid display in bad conditions last week and, with an under-strength Hull side travelling to France, they can claim another win. Hull are without six members of their pack which is far from ideal against a big Catalans side and that is likely where the game will be won, with the Dragons having too much through the middle.

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