Hull FC have been mightily impressive in 2020 so far with two victories – one over Leeds and one over bitterest rivals Hull KR. St Helens, on the other hand, succumbed to their first defeat against Warrington last weekend, being nilled 19-0.
Therefore, whilst the Airlie Birds are sitting pretty at the top of Super League, Saints reside in the uncustomary position of third, though a victory over FC would take the Lancashire club top.
Saints can also take some heart from the fact that they have beaten Hull on their last seven meetings and their last four away games too.
Kristian Woolf welcomes back Tommy Makinson, Alex Walmsley and Kyle Amor to the Saints squad as Hull boss Lee Radford is forced into making four changes. Chris Satae and Albert Kelly drop out through suspension whilst Bureta Faraimo and Andre Savelio picked up injuries in the derby victory over Hull KR. Gareth Ellis does return though as youngsters Kieran Buchanan, Connor Wynne and Charlie Patterson-Lund are drafted in.
Saints will always cause opposition teams problems, but FC look incredibly focused in 2020 to win silverware. A home victory, but only just.
St Helens for the win.