2018 Super League – Salford Red Devils vs Hull FC Preview

AT A GLANCE

When? Friday 16th March, 20:00

Where? The AJ Bell Stadium

What channel is it on? Salford Red Devils vs Hull FC will not be televised live

Where can I stream the match? N/A

Are tickets still available? https://www.salfordreddevils.n...

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

SALFORD RED DEVILS

Head Coach: Ian Watson

Squad: Bibby, Burgess, Evalds, Flanagan, Griffin, Hauraki, Johnson, Jones, Littlejohn, Lui, McCarthy, Mossop, Olpherts, Nakubuwai, Sa’u, Tasi, Tomkins, Welham, Wood

Unavailable: Ryan Lannon, Manu Vatuvei, George Griffin

  • Salford went down to yet another defeat as they lost to Castleford 22-8 last week. The Red Devils scored two tries but missed both attempts at goal with them converting at just 46.2% this season.
  • Salford have now won just two of their last 16 games in all competitions and with the sale of Gareth O’Brien to Toronto and rumours of more sales to potentially follow, it’s a tough time for the club.
  • Ian Watson will seek a replacement for O’Brien but must go with what he has this week. Derrell Olpherts might be the man to benefit from a backline shuffle and could make his first Super League appearance for the Red Devils whilst Craig Kopczak returns for George Griffin.

HULL FC

Head Coach: Lee Radford

Squad: Abdull, Bowden, Connor, Faraimo, Fash, Green, Griffin, Hadley, Lane, Logan, Matongo, Minichiello, Shaul, Sneyd, Talanoa, Taylor, Tuimavave, Turgut, Washbrook

Unavailable: Danny Houghton, Mickey Paea, Albert Kelly, Sika Manu

  • Hull’s Headingley hoodoo continued as they were narrowly defeated by Leeds last week. The Black and Whites were 14 points behind at one point and despite clawing the deficit back to just four, they couldn’t get over the line as they went down 20-16.
  • Lee Radford allowed prop Liam Watts to move to Castleford this week, leaving some big shoes to fill for youngsters like Masi Matongo and Brad Fash. Sika Manu is also out this week with youngster Jordan Lane likely to retain his place after an impressive debut last week.
  • Hull have lost eight of their last 10 Super League away fixtures and must look to improve that record quickly to avoid losing too much ground on the top four.

THE PREDICTION

Salford host Hull in an important game for both sides in a week in which they have both featured heavily in the media due to the sale of star players. It’s on the pitch that both will now want to be talked about but they head into this encounter in poor form – Hull’s form away from home is poor whilst Salford have struggled since midway through last season. It’s difficult to see where Salford’s next win comes from so Hull get the nod to improve their away record here.