Hull FC will be looking for their first home win of the season this week, as they welcome a stumbling St Helens side to the KCOM Stadium on Friday night.
On the back of a huge win over Huddersfield last week, the Black & Whites will be hoping to strengthen their spot in the top four, while Saints will be looking to recover from a shock home loss against Wakefield last week.
The Black & Whites
Hull have no injury concerns coming into the match with Gareth Ellis returning to the squad after missing last week’s trip to Huddersfield. The FC captain was left out of the squad recovering from whiplash sustained against the Catalan Dragons.
Liam Watts is the only player who misses out for Hull FC, and will serve the second of his 4 game ban for a dangerous tackle against the Dragons.
Masi Matongo keeps his places in the squad after a positive performance against the Giants in what was only his 2nd Super League appearance for the club.
From 2 appearances, to 250; Danny Houghton, reigning Man of Steel, will make his 250th Super League appearance for the club on Friday night.
Hull FC Squad: Jamie Shaul, Mahe Fonua, Carlos Tuimavave, Josh Griffin, Fetuli Talanoa, Albert Kelly, Marc Sneyd, Scott Taylor, Danny Houghton, Mark Minichiello, Gareth Ellis, Jake Connor, Chris Green, Jordan Thompson, Danny Washbrook, Steve Michaels, Sika Manu, Josh Bowden, Masi Matongo.
Luke Douglas, Greg Richards and Jack Ashworth are all called into the 19 with Danny Richardson, Calvin Wellington and Luke Thompson missing out.
Recent new signing Zeb Taia is also included.
St Helens Squad: Tommy Makinson, Ryan Morgan, Mark Percival, Adam Swift, Theo Fages, Alex Walmsley, James Roby, Kyle Amor, Jon Wilkin, Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Luke Douglas, Adam Walker, Tommy Lee, Dominique Peyroux, Greg Richards, Morgan Knowles, Jack Owens, Jack Ashworth, Zeb Taia.
- Hull FC’s clash with St Helens on Friday evening will be their 50th meeting since the start of the Super League era.
- Hull FC have a 31% win percentage over St Helens in that time, winning 15 out of 49 games.
- Hull have won 5 out of the last 8 games against the Saints.
Ones To Watch?
Hull FC: MASI MATONGO
Matongo has the chance to make his professional home debut on Friday night, and after a positive night against Huddersfield, he will be eager to grab the chance with both hands. With Liam Watts out for the next few weeks, this is a great chance to get a taste of Super League action week in, week out. Watch out, Masi’s coming!
St Helens: MARK PERCIVAL
Percival is one of, if not the biggest threat for St Helens at the moment. It’s been a stumbling start to the year once again for Cunningham’s side, but they still have a try scoring threat in Percival. A player in the England training squad, Hull need to watch his and Adam Swift’s edge.
I cannot see anything other than a comfortable win for the Black & Whites on Friday. St Helens have been desperately poor in recent weeks and I feel Hull fans should be slightly worried if they can’t pick up their first home win of the season. It’s all about momentum in Hull’s next couple of games as they prepare for two huge away trips against Wigan and Warrington.
Predicition: HULL FC by 20