TV: Live on SkySports, Highlights on The Super League Show (BBC 1) and Super League Fulltime (SkySports)
Radio: Live on BBC Local Radio and via the BBC Website
Leeds Rhinos v Hull FC Preview
The Leeds Rhinos welcome Hull FC from East Yorkshire to West Yorkshire for this Yorkshire derby from the Super League in a match that is always an exciting one and one that is always difficult to predict the outcome of.
As two of the clubs in the Super League with the biggest fan bases and with the action taking place at the impressive Headingley Stadium, these matches always have big crowds in attendance and that helps to spur on the players to give us great action.
The Rhinos will be looking to take advantage of playing at home and form the boost of having their fans behind them whilst Hull FC will be hoping that their inconsistent stars can take advantage of the big crowd to produce their best.
As the first game of the season neither team come into the match with any sort of form, with against adds an element of unpredictability to the action.
The new look Rhinos name a host of players who could be set to make their debuts, with Luke Gale, Matt Prior, Alex Mellor and Rhys Evans all likely to feature.
Despite been the season opener, the Rhinos are already hit by injuries with Ava Seumanufagai, Tom Briscoe, Kruise Leeming, Dom Crosby and Alex Sutcliffe all missing.
Hull FC could also see a number of debutants with Ligo Sao, Jordan Johnstone, Josh Jones and Adam Swift all named after joining the club.
Mahe Fonua will likely make his second debut but they are without Danny Houghton through injury.
The match takes place at the historic yet modern Headingley Stadium, which is one of the best rugby stadiums, of either code, in the world.
The ground has a mix of standing and seating, with great views for all parts of the ground and whilst the nominated away end is still yet to be redeveloped, you can always be assured of a big away following as matches at Headingley are always one that you, as an away fan, check out before the season starts.
Both the Leeds Rhinos and the Black and Whites of Hull go into each and every season expecting success, no matter if that is a cup win or a Grand Final place but at a minimum is a place in the end of season play-offs and the best way to help in achieving that is to win matches against those teams you are battling with for a place in the play-offs.
Leeds Rhinos v Hull FC 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.
These matches are always difficult to predict and that is certainly the case with this one.
Not only is the first round of the season but both teams also feature a host of new players and have key men missing.
The Rhinos are the most disrupted but they will also arguably be the most motivated as they look to impress there own fans in their home opener.
It really is a flip of the coin as to who will win this one and that is arguably when home advantage comes into its own so we are going to back the Rhinos for the points.
Score Prediction Leeds Rhinos by 6