2020 Super League – Wigan Warriors vs Hull FC Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

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

Where is Wigan Warriors vs Hull FC taking place? DW Stadium

What is the expected weather for Wigan Warriors vs Hull FC? 4c, cloudy

What channel is Wigan Warriors vs Hull FC on? Sky Sports Mix

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

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

What was the outcome in the last meeting? Hull FC 4-36 Wigan Warriors

THE TEAM NEWS

WIGAN WARRIORS

  • It was far from a vintage performance but Wigan Warriors did enough to edge Huddersfield Giants last time out and claim the League Leaders’ Shield, which also handed them a week off in the first round of the play-offs last week.
  • Wigan will be confident of progressing to the Grand Final as they return to the DW Stadium to host Hull FC, a side they have beaten on the last three occasions they have played one another.
  • Skipper Sean O’Loughlin has announced his intention to retire at the end of the current season so he makes a welcome return to the 21-man squad in what he hopes will not be his final game but Dom Manfredi misses out through injury while Sam Powell is also absent.

21-man squad: Bibby, Bourouh, Bullock, G. Burgess, J. Burgess, Byrne, Clubb, Farrell, Flower, French, Gildart, Hankinson, Hardaker, Hastings, Isa, Leuluai, O’Loughlin, Partington, Singleton, Smith, Smithies

Unavailable: Liam Marshall, Ethan Havard, Jack Wells, Joe Greenwood, Dom Manfredi, Sam Powell

Questionable:

HULL FC

  • Hull FC produced their best performance of the season as they took full advantage of their inclusion in the play-offs by shocking Warrington Wolves last week and they now stand just 80 minutes from an unlikely spot in the Grand Final.
  • The Black and Whites weathered an early storm as they dug deep in defence to keep the Wolves at bay with interim head coach Andy Last producing a gameplan that allowed his side to flourish.
  • Marc Sneyd’s kicking game was vital last week and it will be important once again in this encounter with Last set to name the same 17 that were victorious against Warrington, although there is a change to the 21 with Josh Jones making way for Jack Brown.

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

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

Questionable:

THE PREDICTION

After failing to reach last year's Grand Final in defence of their Super League title, Wigan Warriors will hope to avoid falling at the same hurdle this time around as they host Hull FC for a place in the showpiece event of the season. Wigan finished top of the standings and now face the side that finished in sixth with home advantage and a week off extra rewards for them. Hull were blown away by the Cherry and Whites in their Challenge Cup encounter earlier in the season but this is a very different side to the one that lost that day. The Black and Whites have improved enormously of late and have won their last four, a feat matched by the Warriors. The away side have little to lose here having already upset the odds last week and with Sam Powell missing for the hosts, a +12.5 start looks appealing for Hull although it remains to be seen if their efforts will be enough to progress to the Grand Final.

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