2020 Super League – Hull FC vs Hull KR Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Hull FC vs Hull KR taking place? Friday 7th February, 2020 – 19:45 (UK)

Where is Hull FC vs Hull KR taking place? KCOM Stadium

What is the expected weather for Hull FC vs Hull KR? 6c in mostly cloudy skies

What channel is Hull FC vs Hull KR on? Sky Sports Arena

Where can I stream Hull FC vs Hull KR? Sky Sports subscribers can stream the match online via the Sky Go app

Where can I get tickets for Hull FC vs Hull KR? Click here for the official Super League ticket section

What was the outcome in the last meeting? Hull KR 18-10 Hull FC

THE TEAM NEWS

HULL FC

  • Hull FC laid down a marker for the season as their new-look side produced a brilliant display to see off Leeds in their season opener and they will be eager to back that up as they host local rivals Hull KR in the derby.
  • The Black and Whites were able to leave Albert Kelly and Mahe Fonua on the sidelines last week but both should come into contention here having featured for the club’s reserves and their path to the matchday 17 has been made slightly easier with two of last week’s side picking up knocks.
  • Back-rowers Manu Ma’u and Gareth Ellis will both have to sit this clash out but Hull are boosted by the return of skipper Danny Houghton who should be fit following off-season surgery whilst Masi Matongo is the other new name in the 21-man squad.

21-man squad: Bowden, Connor, Faraimo, Fash, Fonua, Griffin, Houghton, Johnstone, Jones, Kelly, Lane, Matongo, Naulago, Sao, Satae, Savelio, Shaul, Sneyd, Swift, Taylor, Tuimavave

Unavailable: Manu Ma’u (Injured), Gareth Ellis (Injured)

Questionable: Danny Houghton (Injured)

HULL KR

  • Hull KR earned an impressive win in their first game of the season against Wakefield as Ben Crooks grabbed the headlines with four tries but they will have a big task on their hands to make it two wins from two.
  • Matt Parcell was suspended last week and has also been recovering from shoulder surgery but the Rovers hooker has missed out on the 21-man squad with his rehabilitation set to keep him on the sidelines for at least one more week.
  • Tony Smith is able to recall Dean Hadley who has made a miraculous recovery from a compound dislocation of his thumb and the ex-Hull forward will be keen to play against his former side with youngster Mikey Lewis dropping out of the squad.

21-man squad: Abdull, Brierley, Crooks, Dagger, Ellis, Garbutt, Gee, Hadley, Kenny-Dowall, Lawler, Linnett, Litten, Livett, Maher, Minchella, Minikin, Mulhern, Murray, Quinlan, Storton, Trout

Unavailable: Mose Masoe (Injured), Matt Parcell (Injured), Weller Hauraki (Injured)

Questionable: Dean Hadley (Injured)

THE PREDICTION

Hull FC put in one of the most eye-catching performances of the opening round of matches in the new Super League season and will be eager to back that up in their derby against Hull KR. Rovers also had a good win last week but this will be a very tough game for them with their pack needing to match the physicality of FC’s. If they are unable to do that, it could be a long night for the visitors and the home side should be able to cover -10.

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