Hull FC will be hoping Friday the 13th proves to be Saints’ unlucky day as they travel to the KCOM stadium in a bid to make it 12 wins in a row. Here’s all the key information ahead of the clash.
The Black & Whites are boosted by the return of Jordan Abdull ahead of schedule, while Jansin Turgut and Jordan Lane are both recalled into the squad.
Brad Fash and Jez Litten are the men to drop out, while Jamie Shaul remains sidelined and Sika Manu serves the second game of his suspension.
Hull 19-man squad: Faraimo, Tuimavave, Kelly, Taylor, Houghton, Hadley, Minichiello, Connor, Green, Abdull, Washbrook, Paea, Logan, Turgut, Lane, Downs, Miloudi, Matongo, Scott.
Justin Holbrook has made just one change to his 19-man squad as Ryan Morgan recovers from injury to replace Matty Costello.
Ben Barba and Tommy Makinson are also expected to return after missing last week’s victory against Widnes, giving Holbrook a selection headache after Adam Swift’s hat-trick exploits.
Saints 19-man squad: Lomax, Makinson, Morgan, Percival, Swift, Fages, Roby, Amor, Taia, Wilkin, McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Douglas, Knowles, Thompson, Peyroux, Richardson, Grace, Lees, Barba.
HEAD TO HEAD
Recent history suggests there will be very little to choose between the two sides. Apart from a Saints 45-0 blowout win at the 2017 Magic Weekend, the largest winning margin stands at 14 points.
In the last six meetings, Saints have secured four wins including a 25-22 victory in the quarter-finals of the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup.
Despite the recent form of both sides, Saints with nine wins in a row in the league and Hull FC with just two wins in their last six, the game has all the makings of a classic.
KEY BATTLE- Albert Kelly v Johnny Lomax
Albert Kelly is Hull FC’s main man, their organiser, livewire and match-winner, while Lomax has been reinvigorated by his new half-back role, becoming a buzz of creativity.
Kelly tops Hull’s assists chart with 13 for the season as well as four tries, whereas Lomax registers 11 tries and 12 assists. With Marc Sneyd out through injury, Kelly has taken the added pressure in his stride.
With Danny Richardson and Ben Barba leading the side, Lomax can play his instinctive game creating havoc for opposition defences. Their 2018 statistics suggests that these men could hold the key to unlocking this tantalising clash.
THE IMPORTANT DETAILS
Date: Friday 13th July
Venue: KCOM Stadium
Referee: L. Moore
WHO WILL WIN?