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Hull FC v Hull KR Preview
Hull FC welcome their city neighbours and archrivals Hull KR across the city to West Hull and to the KCOM Stadium for the Hull Derby.
Whilst every game in Super League has the chance to be a great occasion and a must watch game there are always some matches that stand out above all others and this is one such occasion.
It is fair to say that these 2 sides go into season with different expectations, with Hull FC expecting to push for silverware whilst the Robins simply want a solid season and to maybe enjoy a cup run but when it comes to derby day all of that goes out of the window and it simply comes down to which side can handle the pressure of the day.
Unfortunately for both sets of players that pressure is huge as the game is on everybody’s mind across the city in the week building up to the action and when it comes to day game, the teams have to cope with 20,000+ fans in the impressive KCOM Stadium.
Hull FC, known as the Airlie Birds, are traditionally the club representing West Hull whilst Hull KR, known as the Robins or Rovers, are the club representing East Hull, with the river Hull been the dividing line.
Whilst both clubs now attract fans from all parts of the city and from the wider area, the local pride and bragging rights for both sets of fans remain strong.
When you add in the huge crowd, local pride and 2 quality teams, you have all that you need for a great game of rugby.
Both teams impressed in round 1 with Hull FC dominating the Leeds Rhinos from start to finish whilst Hull KR thrashed a poor Wakefield side.
Hull FC make 2 changes with Masi Matongo and Danny Houghton coming in to replace Manu Ma’u and Gareth Ellis who are injured.
Hull KR make just 1 change with former Black and White Dean Hadley returning in place of Mikey Lewis.
The KCOM Stadium is home to Hull FC and it is one of the most impressive stadiums in the Super League.
With a capacity of around 25,000, the stadium can sometimes lose the atmosphere generated by home fans when there is a smaller crowd in attendance or when the team are struggling but no matter the form of either of these 2 clubs, when it comes to derby day the ground the will be full and will be rocking.
With 20,000 home fans and 3-4,000 away fans in attendance when it comes to the Hull Derby, the KCOM Stadium comes alive and gives us and the players one of the best atmospheres in the competition.
That gives no excuses to the players not to produce there best and with so much on the line in every derby game, both sides give there all from start to finish which just helps the atmosphere keep strong throughout.
Hull FC v Hull KR 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.
With both teams putting in great performances last time out it just makes this Hull Derby even tougher to predict.
Traditionally this ins one match that offers up a shock result or 2 but after round 1, it’s hard to say who winning will be a shock.
It is the hosts with all of the pressure on them in many ways, with 20,000 fans in attendance and with extra expectation to be successful this season.
With the go forward they get from their pack, it should lend itself to a derby game so we are going to back Hull FC for the win but we really wouldn’t be surprised by any result in this one.
Score Prediction Hull FC by 6