Hull FC should continue derby dominance over neighbours Hull KR
Back Wigan to slay the Dragons
Hull v Hull KR
Sky Sports Arena, 7.45pm Friday
There appears to be little to play for in the final round of the Betfred Super League regular season but try telling that to the fans of Hull FC and Hull KR.
There’s no such thing as a dead rubber in this derby, especially for Rovers who are attempting to end a seven-game losing streak against their neighbours.
The Airlie Birds on the other hand are trying to banish the memory of last weekend’s 72-10 capitulation at Wakefield which left them seven points adrift of the top four.
Coach Lee Radford will surely have read the riot act and a fast start is anticipated from the Black & Whites, who can successfully concede a first-half handicap of a converted try.
Hull won the first half at the Magic Weekend by 14 points and by ten points at the Easter derby despite having Bureta Faraimo sent off after nine minutes.
Rovers talisman Danny McGuire didn’t play in either of those matches and is absent again through suspension.
KR have won only one of the nine league and cup ties they have played against Super League opposition without the former Leeds captain in 2018.
They hope to receive clearance for new signing Todd Carney before kick-off but this could be a baptism of fire for the Australian if he makes his debut.
It’s also derby day at Huddersfield, where Wakefield are the visitors. The teams are locked together in mid-table on 21 points and this looks like a match for punters to avoid.
The same can be said of Leeds’s trip to Salford. Both teams are resigned to a bottom-four finish and the Rhinos have next weekend’s Ladbrokes Challenge Cup semi-final against Warrington looming large on the horizon.
Catalans, who secured a top-eight spot by routing the Red Devils last weekend, clearly have the semi against St Helens at the forefront of their mind.
Coach Steve McNamara is resting seven players for the visit to Wigan including key men Josh Drinkwater, David Mead and Remi Casty.
The Warriors still have their fair share of injuries but have the motivation of maintaining second spot which guarantees a home semi-final. Wigan can cover the handicap.
Hull -6.5 on first-half handicap
3pts Evs bet365
3pts 10-11 general
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