2018 Super League – Hull FC vs Castleford Tigers Preview

AT A GLANCE

When? Saturday 05th May, 17:00

Where? The KCOM Stadium

What channel is it on? Hull FC vs Castleford Tigers will not be televised live

Where can I stream the match? N/A

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

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

HULL FC

Head Coach: Lee Radford

Squad: Bowden, Connor, Faraimo, Green, Griffin, Hadley, Houghton, Lane, Manu, Matongo, Minichiello, Paea, Shaul, Sneyd, Talanoa, Taylor, Tuimavave, Washbrook, Westerman

Unavailable: Brad Fash, Jordan Abdull, Albert Kelly

  • Hull suffered a shock defeat away at Catalans last week to put a dent in FC’s attempt to close in on the top 4. Despite leading three times in the game, the Black and Whites couldn’t stay ahead as Tony Gigot’s late drop goal was enough to seal a 25-24 win.
  • Hull make two changes to last week’s 19-man squad with Albert Kelly ruled out with a hamstring problem whilst Jordan Abdull suffered a broken leg. Chris Green and new signing Joe Westerman take their places whilst Marc Sneyd and Jamie Shaul are also available.
  • The Black and Whites need an instant response to last week’s poor display and will be pleased they can do so on home soil with Hull winning all five of their home games so far this season.

CASTLEFORD TIGERS

Head Coach: Daryl Powell

Squad: Aston, Cook, Ellis, Foster, Green, Holmes, McMeeken, McShane, Millington, Milner, Minikin, Moors, Sene-Lefao, Shenton, Springer, Trueman, Wardle, Watts, Webster

Unavailable: Greg Eden, Ben Roberts, Nathan Massey, James Clare, Luke Gale

  • Castleford defeated local rivals Wakefield in a scrappy contest last week. The Tigers pulled away late in the game as they secured a 24-4 victory as they kept the pressure on third-placed Warrington.
  • Reigning Steve Prescott Man of Steel Luke Gale suffered a fractured patella last week and will be out for around three months in a huge blow for Castleford. Calum Turner also drops out for the Tigers with Cory Aston and Alex Foster named in their place.
  • Two of Castleford’s three defeats so far this season have come away from home including in their last outing on the road against Wigan.

THE PREDICTION

Hull host Castleford in an important contest for both sides with there being more of an emphasis on this game for the home side if they want to keep their top 4 hopes intact. A Castleford win would leave the Tigers four points ahead of Hull in fourth place but significantly, Castleford also have two games in hand. Both teams are missing key playmakers with Albert Kelly missing for Hull whilst Luke Gale and Ben Roberts will be absent for Castleford. This should be a close contest but Hull can just edge it due to their home record.