Super League newcomers Leigh Centurions welcome the Challenge Cup holders Hull FC to the Leigh Sports Village for their first ever visit this Easter Monday.

Last Time Out

In their last outing Leigh Centurions were narrowly beaten by high-flying Salford Red Devils 12-6 in a tight encounter at the AJ Bell Stadium. That made it four defeats in a row for the newly promoted outfit as Gareth O’Brien’s try was the difference. Currently sitting fourth from bottom with six points to their name, the Centurions will be looking to return to winning ways and improve their chances of a top eight finish.

Leeds Rhinos inflicted a second heavy defeat in as many games on Hull FC on Good Friday, as they were on the wrong end of a 52-24 score line. They have now shipped 106 points in their last two fixtures, going down to Salford a week earlier, and are outside the top four on points difference. Their last win came following a second half scare against Wigan Warriors, as they just held on to a 22-20 victory, with Warrington Wolves snatching a point off them a week later.

Key Battle

Leigh will be looking to bully their opponents this season with their forward pack of Dayne Weston, Glenn Stewart, Atela Vea and the suspended Gareth Hock. The black and whites will have to front up to the challenge and try to play around the threat in the middle, and if they are going to pick up the two points the Albert Kelly will play a big role.

Prediction

FC have won their last seven meeting with the Centurions and have picked up two wins in their three Super League encounters, with the other a 22-22 draw. That run could come to an end at the LSV though as they look to return to winning ways and climb out of the bottom four. Leigh Centurions by 8.

Squads

Leigh Centurions 19 man squad: Crooks, Dawson, Ridyard, Drinkwater, Higham, Weston, Stewart, Hansen, Tickle, Vea, McNally, Hampshire, Reynolds, Hood, Green, Hopkins, Acton, Thompson, Burr

Hull FC 19 man squad: Shaul, Fonua, Tuimavave, Kelly, Sneyd, Taylor, Watts, Minichiello, Connor, Thompson, Washbrook, Michaels, Manu, Turgut, Downs, Fash, Matongo, Litten, Bower

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