Hull FC vs Huddersfield Giants Preview

The Lowdown

HULL FC

  • Hull's hopes of earning an extra home game in the Super 8s took another hit last week as they fell to a narrow defeat away at Leeds to extend their terrible run at Headingley.
  • Lee Radford is boosted by the return of captain Gareth Ellis, who has recovered from a sternum injury. Chris Green also returns to the 19-man squad, with Jack Downs and Jansin Turgut making way.
  • After their third defeat in a row - all away from home - Hull's top 4 fate is now out of their own hands. A return to the KCOM Stadium, where they have won six of their last seven in all competitions, will give them hope of winning, with them needing one of Wakefield or Salford to slip up in their respective games.

Head Coach: Lee Radford

Squad: Josh Bowden, Jake Connor, Gareth Ellis, Brad Fash, Mahe Fonua, Chris Green, Josh Griffin, Danny Houghton, Albert Kelly, Masi Matongo, Sika Manu, Mark Minichiello, Jamie Shaul, Marc Sneyd, Fetuli Talanoa, Scott Taylor, Carlos Tuimavave, Danny Washbrook, Liam Watts

Unavailable: Steve Michaels (Ankle), Jordan Thompson, Jansin Turgut, Jack Downs

HUDDERSFIELD GIANTS

  • Huddersfield's impressive recent form continued as they confirmed their place in the Super 8s with a comfortable home win over Leigh last week.
  • Rick Stone has no fresh injury concerns ahead of the game, with Martyn Ridyard recalled after been ineligible to face his parent club Leigh; Sam Wood is the man to drop out.
  • Huddersfield have now lost just one of their last seven Super League games but will need a win here to try and maintain the pressure on the top 4, with them currently sitting five points adrift.

Head Coach: Rick Stone

Squad: Danny Brough, Paul Clough, Leroy Cudjoe, Tyler Dickinson, Dale Ferguson, Lee Gaskell, Ryan Hinchcliffe, Sebastine Ikahihifo, Kruise Leeming, Jermaine McGillvary, Darnell McIntosh, Alex Mellor, Adam O'Brien, Jordan Rankin, Sam Rapira, Martyn Ridyard, Oliver Roberts, Ukuma Ta'ai, Shannon Wakeman

Unavailable: Tom Symonds (Knee), Michael Lawrence (Knee), Jordan Turner (Hamstring), Jake Mamo (Foot), Aaron Murphy (Toe), Nathan Mason (Leg) Sam Wood

Analysis - what to expect
Hull's return to the KCOM Stadium will be a welcome one but they head into this game desperate for a win following three losses in a row. The black and whites would have hoped to have had their fate in their own hands but now need a positive result and hope that Wakefield or Salford open the door for them to claim an extra home game in the Super 8s. Huddersfield head into the game with no pressure on them and will be hopeful of continuing their good form. This one could be a great contest but with Hull returning to home soil, they're just given the nod to return to winning ways.