Venue: DW Stadium
Coverage: Sky Sports 1
Wigan Warriors 19 man squad: John Bateman, Matty Bowen, Joe Burgess, Josh Charnley, Tony Clubb, Dom Crosby, Ben Flower, Anthony Gelling, Oliver Gildart, Dom Manfredi, Michael McIlorum, Lee Mossop, Sean O’ Loughlin, Larne Patrick, Sam Powell, Matty Smith, Taulima Tautai, Joel Tomkins, George Williams.
Hull FC 19 man squad: Jordan Abdull, Jack Downs, Brad Fash, Dean Hadley, Danny Houghton, Tom Lineham, Jack Logan, Masimbaashe Matongo, Mark Minichiello, Curtis Naughton, Ross Osborne, Mickey Paea, Feka Palea’aesina, Jordan Rankin, Jamie Shaul, Marc Sneyd, Jansin Turgut, Liam Watts.
Last 5 Games against each other:
Hull FC 12 Wigan Warriors 48, 23 July 2015
Wigan Warriors 13 Hull FC 12, 13 March 2015
Wigan Warriors 56 Hull FC 10, 18 July 2014
Hull FC 16 Wigan Warriors 44, 9 May 2014
Wigan Warriors 33 Hull FC 34, 30 August 2013
Warriors coach Shaun Wane has a very healthy squad to pick from with only centre Dan Sarginson on the long-term injury list. The men from the DW Stadium are hitting form just at the right time for their bid to reach another Old Trafford Grand Final with six wins in their last seven games, including a 12-48 thumping of this evenings opposition at the KC Stadium in July.
The same however can not be said for Hull coach Lee Radford who has seen his squad so decimated by injuries in recent weeks that he could only name an 18-man squad, with seven academy players in it.
Zimbabwean born prop Masimbaashe Matongo is expected to make his first team debut this evening and he could be joined by fellow academy product Ross Osborne although that is unlikely as Radford looks set to press under 19s captain Jansin Turgut into action in the back row having given him his debut earlier in the season in a home defeat to treble chasing Leeds Rhinos.
Recent form with Hull only winning one of their four Super 8s games so far, and the injury crisis for the black and white’s dictates that this should be a thumping win for the team currently sitting 2nd in the table who will be looking, no doubt, to boost their points difference significantly in the process.
Wigan should be far too strong for the young visitors, Wigan by 30 points