2018 Super League – Hull FC vs Widnes Vikings Preview

AT A GLANCE

When? Friday 29th June, 19:45

Where? The KCOM Stadium

What channel is it on? Hull FC vs Widnes Vikings 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: Connor, Downs, Faraimo, Fash, Hadley, Harris, Houghton, Kelly, Logan, Manu, Matongo, Miloudi, Minichiello, Paea, Shaul, Taylor, Tuimavave, Washbrook

Unavailable: Jordan Abdull, Marc Sneyd, Josh Bowden, Fetuli Talanoa, Josh Griffin, Joe Westerman, Chris Green

  • Hull blew a great chance to close the gap on the top 4 as they went down to a late defeat last time out against Wigan. The Black and Whites are now four points behind fourth-placed Warrington with just five games to go until the league split after the 10-14 loss.

  • Despite having been named in the 19-man squad, Chris Green has been withdrawn with an elbow infection. Back rowers Dean Hadley and Sika Manu make a welcome return but Hull are still without seven first-teamers.

  • Hull’s defeat against Wigan was their first loss on home soil from their eight games at the KCOM Stadium so far this season.

WIDNES VIKINGS

Head Coach: Francis Cummins

Squad: Ah Van, Buckley, J. Chapelhow, T. Chapelhow, Craven, Dudson, Gerrard, Gilmore, Hanbury, Hauraki, Heremaia, Inu, Leuluai, Mellor, Olbison, Runciman, D. Walker, Whitley, Wilde

Unavailable: Stanton Albert, Keanan Brand, Chris Dean, Lloyd White, Wellington Albert, Hep Cahill, Chris Houston, Ryan Ince, Jordan Johnstone, Stefan Marsh, Brad Walker

  • A loss against Wakefield last week all but confirmed that Widnes would be playing in the Middle 8s this season. The Vikings are nine points behind eighth-placed with just 10 points to play for following the 44-22 defeat.

  • Francis Cummins has made five changes to last week’s squad with Patrick Ah Van, Owen Buckley, Danny Craven, Rhys Hanbury and Tom Olbison coming into the 19. Olly Ashall-Bott, Ryan Ince, Jordan Johnstone, Stefan Marsh and Brad Walker make way.

  • With the Middle 8s looming, Widnes will be desperate to snap their 11-game losing streak in Super League whilst the Vikings will also be looking to find some form away from home having lost all eight of their road matches this season.

THE PREDICTION

Widnes could be the first Super League side consigned to the Middle 8s after this game with a loss here confirming that they will have to fight for their top-flight status. However, they are yet to win a league game away from home this season and travel to a Hull side that have only lost once at home. That defeat for Hull came last time out against Wigan with FC desperate to bounce back from that loss in order to keep pace with the top 4. Widnes are in real danger of being relegated this season with a huge turnaround needed when the Vikings inevitably take part in the Middle 8s. Their search for their first away win is likely to continue with Hull having too much for them in this one.