2020 Super League – Leeds Rhinos vs Hull FC Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Leeds Rhinos vs Hull FC taking place? Sunday 2nd February, 2020 – 16:45 (UK)

Where is Leeds Rhinos vs Hull FC taking place? Emerald Headingley Stadium

What is the expected weather for Leeds Rhinos vs Hull FC? 8c with showers expected

What channel is Leeds Rhinos vs Hull FC on? Sky Sports Arena

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

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

What was the outcome in the last meeting? Leeds Rhinos 24-26 Hull FC

THE TEAM NEWS

LEEDS RHINOS

  • Leeds endured a disappointing campaign in 2019 and will have plenty of pressure on their shoulders at the start of this season as they aim to put themselves back in a position to challenge for trophies.
  • The Rhinos made a big move during the off-season as they paid a transfer fee to bring scrum-half Luke Gale back to the club and his partnership with Rob Lui will be crucial to Leeds’ aspirations this season.
  • Leeds also brought in Matt Prior to replace Trent Merrin who returned to Australia but the Rhinos will be missing one of their other frontline props for this game with Ava Seumanufagai ruled out through injury.

21-man squad: L. Briscoe, Cuthbertson, Donaldson, Dwyer, Evans, Gale, Handley, Holroyd, Hurrell, Lui, Martin, McLelland, Mellor, Myler, Newman, Oledzki, Prior, Smith, L. Sutcliffe, Walker, Ward

Unavailable: Ava Seumanufagai (Injured), Tom Briscoe (Injured), Kruise Leeming (Injured), Alex Sutcliffe (Injured), Dom Crosby (Injured)

Questionable: Matt Prior (Injured)

HULL FC

  • Hull FC ended last season in poor form and missed out on the play-offs as a result which they will be keen to put right this year starting with a tough trip to Headingley where they will come up against Leeds.
  • The Black and Whites have made some eye-catching additions and will hope their new-look squad can challenge for honours this year with Manu Ma’u and Josh Jones two of their biggest signings in the second-row.
  • Hull have plenty of depth to their squad this year and that shows with the 21-man squad that they have named for this contest but they will be without captain Danny Houghton who is still missing due to off-season surgery.

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

Unavailable: Danny Houghton (Injured)

Questionable: Jamie Shaul (Injured), Mahe Fonua (Match Fitness), Josh Bowden (Match Fitness), Adam Swift (Match Fitness)

THE PREDICTION

Leeds have plenty of wrongs to right in 2020 after they were sucked into a relegation battle for most of last season. They host Hull FC in their opening game of this new season but the visitors significantly strengthened their squad during the off-season and will be keen to lay down a marker on a ground where they have struggled historically. They finally ended their long wait for a win at Headingley last season and having put that hoodoo behind them, they should come out on top in this game.

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