2018 Super League – Huddersfield Giants vs Hull FC Preview

AT A GLANCE

When? Thursday 05th July, 19:45

Where? John Smith's 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://giants.tickethour.co.uk/seatingPlan.html?idProduct=1059

THE STATISTICS


THE LOWDOWN

HUDDERSFIELD GIANTS

Head Coach: Simon Woolford

Squad: Brough, Clough, Cudjoe, English, Gaskell, Hinchcliffe, Ikahihifo, Lawrence, Leeming, McGillvary, McIntosh, Murphy, O’Brien, Rankin, Roberts, Smith, Ta’ai, Turner, Wood

Unavailable: Tyler Dickinson, Jake Mamo, Dale Ferguson

  • Huddersfield’s good run of form was ended as they were put to the sword by Hull KR last week. The Giants lost to Rovers for the second time this season as they found themselves on the wrong side of a 37-10 scoreline.

  • The Giants are almost back at full strength with Danny Brough, Paul Clough and Ukuma Ta’ai all returning to the 19-man squad. They take the places of Alex Mellor, Sam Hewitt and Oliver Russell.

  • Huddersfield lost their first game in six Super League contests last week and dropped out of the top 8 as a result with Catalans leapfrogging them.

HULL FC

Head Coach: Lee Radford

Squad: Connor, Downs, Faraimo, Fash, Green, Hadley, Houghton, Kelly, Lane, Litten, Logan, Matongo, Miloudi, Minichiello, Paea, Scott, Taylor, Tuimavave, Washbrook

Unavailable: Jordan Abdull, Marc Sneyd, Josh Bowden, Fetuli Talanoa, Josh Griffin, Joe Westerman, Jamie Shaul, Sika Manu

  • Hull were made to sweat by bottom-placed Widnes last week after the Black and Whites almost blew a 16-0 lead. Widnes found themselves 22-24 up midway through the second half but FC managed to get back in front and hang on to claim a 31-24 win.

  • Sika Manu will serve the first of a three-game ban whilst Jamie Shaul misses out with a foot injury. Liam Harris also drops out with Chris Green back in the fold after recovering from an elbow infection. Jordan Lane, Cameron Scott and Jez Litten also come into the 19-man squad.

  • Hull have only won two of their nine away fixtures this season if including their game in Australia against Wigan at the beginning of the year.

THE PREDICTION

Two teams needing a win for different reasons kick off Round 20 of Super League as the league split draws ever closer. Huddersfield dropped out of the top 8 last week and need a win to force their way back into contention whilst Hull drew to within three points of the top 4 last weekend. A loss for either could have a huge impact on their respective ambitions for the season with the implications potentially far greater for the Giants. Huddersfield are boosted by the return of some big names this week and they will want to put last week’s disappointing defeat behind them at the first attempt. Hull haven’t travelled well this season but a win here puts them right back in the mix for the top 4 and they can just edge this one.