2018 Super League – Widnes Vikings vs Hull FC Preview

AT A GLANCE

When? Thursday 12th April, 19:45

Where? The Select Security 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://ticketing.shopvikings....

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

WIDNES VIKINGS

Head Coach: Denis Betts

Squad: Burke, Chamberlain, J. Chapelhow, T. Chapelhow, Dean, Farnworth, Gilmore, Hanbury, Heremaia, Houston, Ince, Johnstone, Leuluai, Mellor, Olbison, Runciman, D. Walker, Whitley, Wilde

Unavailable: Patrick Ah Van, Lloyd White, Stanton Albert, Hep Cahill, Krisnan Inu, Brad Walker, Wellington Albert, Keanan Brand, Danny Craven, Gil Dudson, Alex Gerrard, Stefan Marsh

  • Widnes fell to defeat in strange circumstances last week. They lost four players to injury during the game, leaving them with no interchange bench for the final 30 minutes of the game. With tired legs on the pitch, the Vikings couldn’t keep pace with Hull KR and went down 31-12.
  • Unsurprisingly, Widnes have made plenty of changes to their 19-man squad on the back of last week’s game. They have lost several players to long-term injuries, the worst being to youngster Keanan Brand who suffered a broken leg. Wellington Albert, Gil Dudson and Danny Craven also left the field with knocks last week and are unavailable whilst Alex Gerrard and Stefan Marsh miss out. Tom Gilmore is amongst those who return to the squad.
  • The defeat for Widnes last week was their third loss in a row, leaving them with just three wins from 10 games. However, those wins have all come on their home ground and they will be hoping to get back to winning ways here.

HULL FC

Head Coach: Lee Radford

Squad: Bowden, Connor, Downs, Faraimo, Green, Griffin, Houghton, Kelly, Lane, Litten, Logan, Matongo, Paea, Shaul, Sneyd, Talanoa, Taylor, Tuimavave, Washbrook

Unavailable: Dean Hadley, Mark Minichiello, Sika Manu, Jansin Turgut, Brad Fash, Jordan Abdull

  • Hull looked a tired side as they failed to live with St Helens’ speed of play as they were beaten 26-12 by the league leaders. Hull never really looked like winning with them failing to make the most of their opportunities in attack.
  • The Black and Whites will be without their first-choice back-row after Mark Minichiello and Sika Manu were late withdrawals last week and will miss out once again. Brad Fash suffered a broken jaw against St Helens and will miss an extended period. Bureta Faraimo returns from a one-match ban whilst Jack Downs also receives a call-up.
  • Hull have yet to win outside of the city boundary this season with all of their wins coming at home as well as the away win at Hull KR. Hull must improve their away form if they are to challenge for the top four at the end of the season starting with Widnes.

THE PREDICTION

Widnes and Hull both head into this game with plenty of injuries as a gruelling start to the season begins to take its toll. The Vikings have been hit the hardest and might feel the effects of last week’s loss to Hull KR when they had to field the same 13 players for the final 30 minutes due to having nobody to bring on due to the severity of their four injured players. Hull lacked energy in their defeat to St Helens and the extra day’s rest may be valuable for them as they seek their first win outside of Hull this season. The Black and Whites are lacking some size in their back-row but Widnes look light all over the pitch with numerous players unavailable and Hull can take advantage for the two points.