2019 Super League – Hull FC vs Catalans Dragons Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Hull FC vs Catalans Dragons taking place? Friday 3rd May, 19:45

Where is Hull FC vs Catalans Dragons taking place? The KCOM Stadium

What channel is Hull FC vs Catalans Dragons on in the UK? Hull FC vs Catalans Dragons will not be televised live in the UK

Where can I stream the match in the UK? N/A

Where can I get tickets for Hull FC vs Catalans Dragons?

Hull FC – https://ticketing.hullfc.com/

Catalans Dragons – https://www.dragons-billetterie.com/uk

THE TEAM NEWS

HULL FC

Head Coach: Lee Radford

Squad: Buchanan, Connor, Ellis, Faraimo, Fash, Green, Griffin, Harris, Houghton, Logan, Manu, Matongo, Minichiello, Nzoungou, Paea, Taylor, Thompson, Westerman, Wynne

Unavailable: Matty Dawson-Jones, Josh Bowden, Jamie Shaul, Andre Savelio, Jordan Lane, Marc Sneyd, Albert Kelly, Carlos Tuimavave, Dean Hadley, Danny Washbrook, Jez Litten, Cameron Scott, Jack Brown, Ratu Naulago

  • Hull FC secured a huge win in their bid to make the play-offs as they leapfrogged Wakefield by beating Trinity at the KCOM Stadium but their injury problems have reached a new level ahead of this week’s game.

  • Hull are down to the bare bones with 14 first-teamers unavailable whilst two of their youngsters are also out with halfback pairing Albert Kelly and Marc Sneyd ruled out of this week’s contest.

  • They are joined on the sidelines by Carlos Tuimavave and Dean Hadley who both suffered injuries in last week’s win over Wakefield but Mark Minichiello is back in the squad whilst youngster Kieran Buchanan could make his debut having been named in the 19.

CATALANS DRAGONS

Head Coach: Steve McNamara

Squad: Albert, Baitieri, Belmas, Bird, Bousquet, Casty, Da Costa, Gigot, Goudemand, Jullien, Kasiano, Langi, Moa, Romano, Smith, Tomkins, Whitley, Wiliame, Yaha

Unavailable: Jodie Broughton, Michael McIlorum, Ben Garcia, Mickael Simon, David Mead, Kenny Edwards

  • Catalans were blown away by a young St. Helens side as they failed to take advantage of the under-strength team their opponents fielded with the league leaders able to put 50 points on the Dragons.

  • The Dragons will be without Kenny Edwards due to concussion whilst David Mead and Mickael Simon have also suffered the same fate but Jason Baitieri has been named in the 19 having been a doubt.

  • Lewis Tierney is also not in the squad with no reason listed for his absence but with Fouad Yaha, it is likely he has been dropped for some poor performances recently with Lucas Albert, Lambert Belmas and Arthur Romano also coming into the 19-man squad.

THE PREDICTION

Hull appear to have turned the tide at home after struggling at the start of the season but can now make it three home wins in a row if they beat Catalans. They are down to the bare bones this week and that could open the door for Catalans but their away form remains a concern. Hull’s pack is still strong and it will need to be to go toe-to-toe with the Dragons’ pack but they are extremely light in the backs and that could be where the game is won and lost. Although Hull could still sneak this, the loss of Sneyd and Kelly just edges this in Catalans’ favour.