Date: Friday 13th March
Venue: DW Stadium
Wigan Warriors 19 man squad:
John Bateman, Matt Bowen, Joe Burgess, Josh Charnley, Tony Clubb, Liam Farrell, Anthony Gelling, James Greenwood, Dom Manfredi, Michael McIlorum, Lee Mossop, Larne Patrick, Sam Powell, Dan Sarginson, Matty Smith, Ryan Sutton, Taulima Tautai, Joel Tomkins, George Williams
Hull FC 19 man squad:
Jordan Abdull, Josh Bowden, Gareth Ellis, Chris Green, Dean Hadley, Danny Houghton, Tom Lineham, Steve Michaels, Mark Minichiello, Iafeta Paleaaesina, Leon Pryce, Jordan Rankin, Marc Sneyd, Fetuli Talanoa, Jordan Thompson, Jansin Turgut, Liam Watts, Joe Westerman, Kirk Yeaman
Last Five Meetings
Wigan Warriors 56-10 Hull FC – Round 21, 2014
Hull FC 16-44 Wigan Warriors – Round 12, 2014
Wigan Warriors 33-34 Hull FC – Round 26, 2013
Hull FC 20-28 Wigan Warriors – Round 13, 2013
Wigan Warriors 48-10 Hull FC – Round 23, 2012
Shaun Wane has named an unchanged squad for his side’s round five clash with Hull FC as he gives his players a chance to redeem themselves following a humiliating defeat at Castleford last week.
The Tigers condemned Wigan Warriors to a second straight defeat, running out 42-14 winners at the Mend-a-Hose Jungle in round four.
Wane has hinted that the only change to the 17 which took the field that night will be the inclusion of Sydney bound Joe Burgess who sat out the defeat.
The Airlie Birds haven’t picked up a win since their trip to Huddersfield on the opening weekend, winning 19-0 on the day as Leeds Rhinos inflicted a third loss in a row on Lee Radford’s men as they went down 43-12.
FC have made three changes to the 19-man-squad named for last week’s defeat as Setaimata Sa and Jamie Shaul drop out due to injury and Mickey Paea is unavailable due to suspension, with Jordan Abdull, Dean Hadley and Jansin Turgut coming in.
Their form against Wigan isn’t the best having picked up just one win in the last five meetings which came back in 2013 as they nicked a 34-33 win at the DW Stadium.
Only a point separates the two sides though and the Warriors will need to start picking up momentum soon or they will find themselves left behind by the front runners.
Hull’s good start has come to nothing so far this season and in a year which the battle for the top eight is as tight and more important as ever they will need to push up the table and keep out of the bottom four scrap.
Prediction: Wigan Warriors have been disappointing so far this season and Shaun Wane will be desperate to see his men react to last week’s defeat. It is hard to see the Warriors lose a third on the bounce so my SuperBru prediction is Wigan by 16.