2020 Super League – Hull FC vs St. Helens Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Hull FC vs St. Helens taking place? Sunday 16th February, 2020 – 15:00 (UK)

Where is Hull FC vs St. Helens taking place? KCOM Stadium

What is the expected weather for Hull FC vs St. Helens? 9c with showers expected

What channel is Hull FC vs St. Helens on? Hull FC vs St. Helens will not be televised live in the UK

Where can I stream Hull FC vs St. Helens? Hull FC vs St. Helens cannot be streamed live in the UK

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

What was the outcome in the last meeting? Hull FC 6-22 St. Helens

THE TEAM NEWS

HULL FC

  • Hull FC did not reach the heights of their first round win over Leeds but did enough to see off Hull KR to make it two wins from two and now face another difficult task as they host reigning champions St. Helens.
  • The Black and Whites will have to make do without prop Chris Satae who has been handed a two-match ban following a late hit in last week's game and he is one of four changes to the squad that was named last week.
  • Bureta Faraimo missed the derby through injury and will be absent again this week along with Andre Savelio and Albert Kelly as the latter serves the last of a two-game suspension but Gareth Ellis returns from injury and is named in the 21-man squad with youngsters Kieran Buchanan, Connor Wynne and Charlie Patterson-Lund.

21-man squad: Bowden, Buchanan, Connor, Ellis, Fash, Fonua, Griffin, Houghton, Johnstone, Jones, Lane, Matongo, Naulago, Patterson-Lund, Sao, Shaul, Sneyd, Swift, Taylor, Tuimavave, Wynne

Unavailable: Manu Ma’u (Injured), Joe Cator (Injured), Albert Kelly (Suspended), Bureta Faraimo (Injured), Chris Satae (Suspended), Andre Savelio (Injured)

Questionable: Jordan Lane (Injured)

ST. HELENS

  • St. Helens were nilled for the first time since 2016 as the reigning champions were put to the sword against a dominant Warrington outfit and will be eager to show that was a one-off as they travel to unbeaten Hull FC.
  • Saints lost Alex Walmsley during last week's warm-up and Mark Percival also picked up a knock during the game to add to their woes but the former could make a quick recovery to take his place in the side after he was named in the 21-man squad.
  • Tommy Makinson and Kyle Amor are also named for the first time this season to give Saints a boost whilst Morgan Knowles is again named despite failing to appear last week with Percival and Joe Batchelor making way.

21-man squad: Amor, Ashworth, Bentley, Costello, Dodd, Fages, Grace, Knowles, Lees, Lomax, Makinson, McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Naiqama, Nisbet, Paulo, Peyroux, Smith, Taia, Thompson, Walmsley, Welsby

Unavailable: James Roby (Injured), Lachlan Coote (Injured), Mark Percival (Injured)

Questionable: Tommy Makinson (Injured), Kyle Amor (Injured), Morgan Knowles (Injured), Alex Walmsley (Injured)

THE PREDICTION

St. Helens will be desperate to put last week's loss to Warrington behind them as soon as possible as they were defeated without scoring a single point. They face a Hull FC side that have won their opening two games but their squad depth is set to be tested with numerous players missing this week and that should allow Saints to bounce back from last week’s poor showing with a win here.

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