Preview: Wakefield vs Hull FC

After two narrow defeats in two different competitions, it’s vital Hull FC pick up two Super League points, with Wakefield the opposition this Sunday afternoon.

Lee Radford and his troops know the score. It’s a must win game if the side are serious about a top three, never mind top two finish, and with Wigan and Castleford already winning this weekend, nothing but victory will do.

The Opposition 

Wakefield are in meltdown mode right now. They have lost nine of their last ten games but they have had some joy over Hull in recent years and they are no mugs. On their day they can cause an upset, despite their loss of form. It’s a tricky situation, and one Hull must be aware of. Still a professional performance should get the job done.

Jake Connor in the halves

Having spent the last two games coming off the bench, this is an opportunity for Connor to set the record straight. He’s a class act, but it’s no secret he’s out of form at the moment. Form is temporary though, and it’s down to the player to get out of this rut alongside Marc Sneyd in his favoured position – something which causes debate alone. Connor can and will play both, and he must show that whilst Albert Kelly is injured.

Posting Points 

Hull have struggled to have a killer instinct about them over the past few weeks. That told in defeats to both Warrington and Wigan. The side met some stern defence but the zip in attack wasn’t quite there and we relied too much on penalty goals. At Wakefield, it’d be great to see more fluency from Hull. With that more points will come.

Team News

Hull are without Mickey Paea (hamstring), Joe Westerman (illness), Sika Manu (calf), Albert Kelly (ribs), Andre Savelio (foot), Levy Nzoungou (hamstring), and Matty Dawson-Jones (ACL). Connor Wynne is suspended and Chris Green has left the club on loan.

That means one of either Jack Logan, Kieran Buchanan or Danny Washbrook will play.

Wakefield have named two of their recent signings in their squad, with Morgan Escare and Adam Tangata set to make their debuts.

Squads

Hull Squad: 1. Jamie Shaul, 2. Bureta Faraimo, 3. Carlos Tuimavave, 4. Josh Griffin, 7. Marc Sneyd, 8. Scott Taylor, 9. Danny Houghton, 10. Josh Bowden, 12. Mark Minichiello, 14. Jake Connor, 19. Masimbaashe Matongo, 20. Brad Fash, 22. Jordan Lane, 24. Jack Logan, 30. Danny Washbrook, 33. Ratu Naulago, 34. Gareth Ellis, 38. Kieran Buchanan, 39. Tevita Satae.

Wakefield Squad: 1. Ryan Hampshire, 3. Bill Tupou, 4. Reece Lyne, 5. Ben Jones-Bishop, 6. Jacob Miller, 7. Danny Brough, 8. David Fifita, 9. Kyle Wood, 10. Anthony England, 12. Danny Kirmond, 13. Tyler Randall, 15. Craig Kopczak, 18. Joe Arundel, 19. James Batchelor, 23. Chris Annakin, 24. Pauli Pauli, 36. Kelepi Tanginoa, Morgan Escare, Adam Tangata.

Last Five Meetings 

2019: Hull 30 Wakefield 14

2019: Hull 12 Wakefield 32

2018: Hull 13 Wakefield 31

2018: Wakefield 72 Hull 10

2018: Hull 27 Wakefield 26

Prediction

Hull by 10 points

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