The penultimate round of the Super 8s are set for action as it remains all to play for almost all eight clubs in the race to Old Trafford.
No doubt clubs will hope to avoid the incredible controversy of last week but putting that behind us, the main question is, who will come out on top in the tightest race yet?
Hull FC Vs Wakefield Trinity RLFC
Starting off with an all Yorkshire affair as Hull FC entertain Wakefield Trinity RLFC at the KCOM stadium.
The Airlie Birds welcome back Gareth Ellis and Steve Michaels from suspension plus Liam Watts escapes suspension and Carlos Tuimavave and Fetuli Talanoa could feature.
Trinity have one change as Dean Hadley is unable to feature, though James Hasson and Mason Caton-Brown could be named.
A tough match as there’s lots at stake between both clubs, who will be reeling from such a frustrating defeat last week, even if the circumstances were different.
Hull should start as favourites, home advantage and all, plus they’ll be eager to fully avoid a repeat of last season’s collapse.
They have skipper Gareth Ellis from his controversial match ban plus Liam Watts escapes suspension and rightfully so, giving the Airlie Birds a huge morale boost.
Thus, they should have no problem adapting a game plan having such guidance to inspire them.
Marc Sneyd and Albert Kelly will be the ‘go to’ guys plus in-form full-back Jamie Shaul will be a key figure with his speed from his kick returns plus his ability to come in as another attacking choice.
Furthermore, they have power in the back row and back line but it is whether they can play to their full potential as this season has arguably seen them fail to do so.
As for Wakefield, a team that shouldn’t be underestimated, but last week saw them take a turn for the worse.
Liam Finn and Jacob Miller need to step up in attack as their tactics of territory and field position last week was just plain boring.
Hooker Tyler Randell therefore will be the main threat; his scoots from acting half being enough to catch any opposition off guard.
However, his pack have to lay the platform down for all three to exploit space as we know; David Fafita being the main man but he can’t do it alone.
It’s whether Craig Huby and Anthony England can also be up to such a tough task.
But good news for Trinity, they have retained skipper Danny Kirmond, who’s presence can inspire the visitors.
All in all, a very tough game but Hull should do enough to win, not only on quality, but also on maturity.
With respect, they are more experienced and adaptable at such a stage in the season and given a nigh on full strength selection to go with that, they’ll be difficult to stop.
You can count on Wakefield putting up some stern resistance but it won’t be enough as the Airlie Birds should attain another win towards that top four.