Warrington Wolves v Hull FC: team news
Hull coach Peter Gentle has said all week that he is expecting to name an unchanged team to face Warrington and his 19-man squad seems to echo that philosophy.
With Sam Moa ruled out for the season and Danny Tickle expected to not feature again, the duo have dropped out this week’s squad to be replaced by Josh Bowden and Will Sharp.
The form of prop Chris Green, who last week gave a display against Huddersfield to signal his intent for the rest of the year and beyond, means it is unlikely Bowden will be able to force his way onto the bench.
Sharp has not come close to contention since returning from injury and the form of loan winger Jamie Foster will make sure the out-going winger will spend another week on the sidelines.
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With the same 17 set to feature, Gentle’s only real decision seems to be whether to start with Liam Watts alongside Andy Lynch in the front row, or hand that opportunity to Mark O’Meley.
The pressure is all on Warrington who still boast the unwanted record of having never reached the Grand Final.
At home and with a point to prove, the hosts are expected to win and will start as favourites.
But while Hull have no fresh injury concerns, Warrington have been dealt a blow with the loss of two of their key forwards.
Former Black and Whites prop Gareth Carvell has been suffering with back spasms and after agravating his back in the loss to St Helens he will miss out against his old side.
Joining Carvell in the stands is England international and Super League Dream Team member Ben Westwood.
As one of the standout back-rowers in the competition this year, Westwood’s absence will be a big blow to the Wolves, who are likely to play Simon Grix in his second-row position.
Ben Harrison has overcome a knee injury and is expected to feature, likewise full-back Brett Hodgson is set to play after picking up a back injury last week against Saints.
Despite the disappointing loss to Saints last week, coach Tony Smith is set to keep faith with the majority of the side that lost that game, only tweaking his line-up because of injuries.