2019 Super League – Castleford Tigers vs Hull FC Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Castleford Tigers vs Hull FC taking place? Thursday 5th September, 19:45

Where is Castleford Tigers vs Hull FC taking place? The Mend-A-Hose Jungle

What channel is Castleford Tigers vs Hull FC on in the UK? Sky Sports Arena

Where can I stream the match in the UK? Sky Sports subscribers can stream the match online via Sky Go

Where can I get tickets for Castleford Tigers vs Hull FC?

Castleford Tigers – https://tigers.mysportstickets.co.uk/

Hull FC – https://hullfcshop.com/collections/tickets

THE TEAM NEWS

CASTLEFORD TIGERS

Head Coach: Daryl Powell

Squad: Blair, Clare, Ellis, Holmes, Maher, Massey, Mata’utia, McMeeken, McShane, Millington, Milner, Minikin, O’Neill, Rankin, Sene-Lefao, Smith, Trueman, Turner, Watts

Unavailable: Luke Gale, Alex Foster, Michael Shenton, Junior Moors, Greg Eden

  • Castleford narrowly lost out to St. Helens in a peculiar game at the Totally Wicked Stadium with Saints scoring the only try in a 4-0 win with that defeat meaning Castleford have no alternative but to win this game to stay in the hunt for a top 5 place.
  • Forward Liam Watts made a welcome return to action for the Tigers last week and he will be a key man against his former team with the prop likely to be on a high after he was selected in the Great Britain training squad earlier in the week.
  • Head coach Daryl Powell has made just one change to the 19-man squad that he selected for last week’s game with Matt Cook coming back into contention and young hooker Jacques O’Neill makes way.

HULL FC

Head Coach: Lee Radford

Squad: Bowden, Connor, Ellis, Faraimo, Fash, Griffin, Houghton, Kelly, Logan, Manu, Matongo, Minichiello, Naulago, Paea, Satae, Shaul, Sneyd, Taylor, Tuimavave

Unavailable: Matty Dawson-Jones, Andre Savelio, Jordan Lane, Joe Westerman

  • Hull FC are in danger of letting their season unravel after a very poor loss against Huddersfield left their play-off hopes in the balance and it could all rest on this game for them with St. Helens their next opponents.
  • The Black and Whites will be desperate to have stand-off Albert Kelly back in the halves but he remains under an injury cloud despite appearing in Hull’s 19-man squad this week whilst Josh Griffin is also a doubt after he pulled-up in the warm-up last week.
  • Mark Minichiello and Ratu Naulago are also back in the squad after missing out through injury last week but there is no place in the squad for Joe Westerman and Jordan Lane who have both picked up knocks whilst youngster Kieran Buchanan also makes way.

THE PREDICTION

Hull FC will clinch a play-off spot with a win over Castleford but defeat will see the Tigers leapfrog them and put them into pole position in the race for the top 5. FC will have to seriously improve on their last two efforts but it might not be enough to stop Castleford who can edge this. The Tigers have not been at their best for most of the season with them falling away after a strong start but a win here can leave them in with a great shout of making the play-offs and leave Hull’s season hanging by a thread.

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