Despite the ‘best from the east’ weather system gripping the UK this week, decimating travel routes in many areas and ensuring plenty of people have had days off work, Warrington Wolves will, this evening, face off against Lee Radford’s very own beasts from the east – Hull FC.
After Hull KR’s postponement of their clash against Castleford last night, Leeds Rhinos, Wakefield and St Helens have all had to postpone their home matches against Catalans, Huddersfield and Salford respectively, many would have expected tonight’s match at the KC Stadium to fall foul of the weather. Following pitch inspections, however, the match is indeed on and, after utilising public transport to conquer the M62 closure, Steve Price’s team have arrived in East Yorkshire ahead of the match.
Coming off a strong performance against Wigan last week, The Wire will be hoping to continue their running streak tonight. However, they will have to do so without Kevin Brown and Ben Currie – two certain starters when fit – due to injury. Dec Patton is set to get the start, therefore, in Brown’s absence and Toby King is involved in the Wolves’ squad for the first time this season. Bryson Goodwin, so far, has impressed in his Warrington career since joining from South Sydney Rabbitohs (via Leigh) and has formed a strong centre partnership with Ryan Atkins with both players being highly effective so far this season.
They are, however, visiting a team who have the hoodoo over them. The Airlie Birds have won five of the last six matches between the two – including the 2016 Challenge Cup final – but will have to do so tonight without the talismanic Albert Kelly as well as Micky Paea and Chris Green. The former will definitely be a huge miss after leaving the field late on during their 28-18 reverse at Castleford last weekend which sees FC coming into this game having lost their last two Super League games. In more positive news for the East Yorkshiremen, star forwards Scott Taylor, Mark Minichello and Sika Manu are set to return for the Black and Whites.
Score prediction: Wolves by 2
Hull FC squad: Shaul, Faraimo, Tuimavave, Griffin, Talanoa, Sneyd, Taylor, Watts, Hadley, Minichiello, Bowden, Connor, Abdull, Washbrook, Fash, Manu, Turgut, Lane, Matongo.
Warrington Wolves squad: Akauola, Atkins, Brown, Clark, Cooper, Crosby, Goodwin, Hill, Hughes, G King, T King, Lineham, Murdoch-Masila, Patton, Philbin, Ratchford, Roberts, Smith, Westwood.