Date: Friday 16th March 2018
Kick Off: 19:30
Venue: The AJ Bell Stadium (Salford)
TV: Highlights on The Super League Show (BBC 1) and Super League Fulltime (SkySports)
Radio: Live on BBC Local Radio and via the BBC Website
Salford Red Devils v Hull FC
The Salford Red Devils welcome Hull FC to the AJ Bell Stadium in what has been another testing week for the home side as they look to move on from the Koukash regime but in coming up against Hull FC, the Red Devils face another club with issues on and off of the field in what is set to be a fascinating match up.
Salford went into the new season with little to no expectations on them after selling or releasing most of their big-name stars. In a week when they have agreed to the sale of Gareth O’Brien, the Red Devils must regroup once again. It is no surprise to see them go into the round second bottom of the Super League table with just 1 win all season long but if they are to have any hopes of a top 8 finish, they really need to start picking up points and especially at home.
That will be tough however against a Hull FC team full of quality and who unlike the home side went into the new season with a lot of expectation them. So far, they have failed to live up to those heights and go into the round down in 7th place with just 2 more points than their hosts.
In a week where they have also lost a big-name player, with Liam Watts leaving after numerous on field and off field incidents, they too need to re-group and start to build some form and confidence, especially with the Easter Double Header soon upon us.
Salford have won just 1 of their opening 5 matches although that was at home to Hull FC rival, Hull KR.
Hull FC have just the 2 wins from their opening 5 matches and they have lost 3 from 3 on the road.
Salford’s bring in Derrell Olpherts, who is set to make his debut, but they are without Gareth O’Brien who has joined Toronto.
Hull FC make 1 change with Josh Bowden replacing the injured Sika Manu.
In what has been a tough week for both teams, they will be glad to be talking about the Rugby on Friday and the players will be glad to be out on the field once again.
Unfortunately it may not be long before the home side wish they were anywhere else.
With Salford so depleted in terms of form, confidence and playing numbers, this should be a simple game for the away side and whilst we expect the Salford players to come out and make life hard in the opening quarter or so, the Airlie Birds extra quality should shine through and pull out to a comfortable win.
Score Prediction Hull FC by 18