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Hull FC v Catalans Dragons Preview
Hull FC welcome the Catalans Dragons from the South of France to West Hull in East Yorkshire for a Super League matchup between 2 of the best but most inconsistent squads in the competition.
There are a number of similarities between these 2 sides as both have big packs, both have speedy backs and both have big names down the spine but both clubs can never be sure of just how they will perform not just form 1 match to the next but from 1 half to the next.
Another issue both clubs suffer from is poor discipline and whilst the Dragons are out in front in that regard, the Hull FC players have also shown that from time to time they can lose there focus in a match- something already highlighted by their coach this season.
With all of that in mind, we could be all set for either a match of the season contender or for a stop/start match with little to nothing happening.
Not only does that make it difficult to predict the outcome but it also makes it difficult for coaching staff, players and fans in attendance to know just what to expect ad how to approach the game.
One thing we are confident in predicting, with regards to this matchup, is the fact that with both of these 2 clubs almost expecting a top 6 finish as a minimum, these are exactly the type of matches that they need to win to do just that ,so not only will the outcome of the match give us a great insight into the season going forward but so will the performance levels of both sides.
Hull FC have won 2 and lost 2 form their opening 4 matches of the season.
Catalans are also 50/50 with 1 win and 1 loss from their opening 2 matches of a stop start season for one reason or another.
Hull FC welcome back Chris Satae and Albert Kelly from bans whilst Manu Ma’u and Carlos Tuimavave are back from injury. The hosts are without Bureta Faraimo however due to injury.
The Dragons are without a host of players including David Mead, Sam Moa, Joel Tomkins, Mickael Goudemand and Tom Davies.
The KCOM Stadium is one of the biggest and best stadiums in the Super League and when a big crowd is in attendance it can give one of the best atmospheres.
Unfortunately for some matches the ground can be found lacking in atmosphere due to vast amounts of empty seats and one of those games is when the Dragons are in town.
On the plus side, there is lots of quality out their on the field and 2 evenly matched sides on paper so if the match lives up to it’s potential, that will quickly get the crowd into things.
Hull FC v Catalans Dragons Prediction
Here at RLBet, we give out predict for who we think will win and also what we think the winning margin will be but don’t forget that the unpredictable nature of the Super League, this should only be seen as our view.
This is a match between 2 of the most unpredictable teams in the league. Both play a similar style with a forward dominated game so this should be a big battle, so long as they both turn up.
Unfortunately for away fans, the Dragons often struggle to perform to their best on the road so we are going to back the hosts for the win but this one really is a toss of the coin.
Score Prediction Hull FC by 8