2020 Super League – Warrington Wolves vs Hull FC Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is Warrington Wolves vs Hull FC taking place? Thursday 12th November, 2020 – 19:45 (UK)

Where is Warrington Wolves vs Hull FC taking place? Halliwell Jones Stadium

What is the expected weather for Warrington Wolves vs Hull FC? 11c, cloudy

What channel is Warrington Wolves vs Hull FC on? Sky Sports Arena

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

Where can I get tickets for Warrington Wolves vs Hull FC? This match will be played behind closed doors

What was the outcome in the last meeting? Warrington Wolves 37-12 Hull FC

THE TEAM NEWS

WARRINGTON WOLVES

  • Warrington Wolves ended the regular season in third spot thanks to a win over Huddersfield Giants in their last encounter and they should be nice and refreshed for a Grand Final challenge having played just once since the 14th October.
  • The Wolves have had several matches cancelled at short notice because of issues related to COVID-19 as well as their game with Salford Red Devils being forfeited by their opponents as they were unable to field a squad due to injuries.
  • Warrington have suffered a big blow in the build-up to this game with impressive prop Mike Cooper unable to take his place in the 17 because of injury while Josh Charnley is a doubt after dislocating his shoulder last time out against the Giants.

21-man squad: Ashton, Austin, Charnley, D. Clark, J. Clark, Currie, Davis, Doro, Gelling, Hill, Hughes, King, Mamo, Murdoch-Masila, Patton, Philbin, Ratchford, Robson, Thewlis, Walker, Widdop

Unavailable: Tom Lineham, Sitaleki Akauola, Mike Cooper

Questionable: Josh Charnley

HULL FC

  • Hull FC ended the regular season in fine form and they will come into this revised play-off format full of confidence, knowing they have been given a free shot at achieving something in this season’s campaign.
  • The season was cut short to avoid any further postponements because of COVID-19 and that saw the play-offs extended to six teams with the Black and Whites sneaking in as the lowest-ranked side.
  • They will be boosted by the return of Josh Griffin who missed the last win over local rivals Hull KR after being forced to self-isolate with Jack Brown making way from the 21-man squad with Griffin set to come straight back into Hull’s matchday side.

21-man squad: Bowden, Cator, Connor, Faraimo, Fash, Fonua, Griffin, Houghton, Johnstone, Jones, Lane, Ma’u, McNamara, Naulago, Sao, Satae, Savelio, Scott, Sneyd, Taylor, Tuimavave

Unavailable: Adam Swift, Gareth Ellis, Kieran Buchanan, Jamie Shaul

Questionable:

THE PREDICTION

Warrington Wolves have been fancied by many to finally end their wait for a league title in 2020 but they will have to vastly improve on the form they showed at the back end of the campaign if they are to do so. They come into this first play-off clash with Hull FC as the favourites having won their last two matches despite failing to impress with their peformance in either, whilst they have also beaten the Black and Whites on six of their last seven meetings in all competitions. Hull have been poor for most of the season but have ended strongly by winning four of their last five and they will fancy their chances of causing an upset here. This could be a close affair so with that in mind, it is worth siding with Hull with a +10 start on the handicap.

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