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Whilst St Helens secured their play-off place months ago, Hull FC are on the brink of failing to qualify. Defeat to Castleford last weekend meant that the Airlie Birds need to rely on Wigan beating the Tigers and for themselves to beat first-placed Saints – a tough ask considering that St Helens have lost just three games in the league all year.
Hull have just one victory in six games and just one win at home in five games – hardly the run of form of a play-off contender. One small consolation for the black-and-whites is that St Helens have lost their three games away from home, giving Hull a glimmer of hope.
Jordan Lane and Andre Savelio return for Lee Radford’s side with Sika Manu and Jack Logan dropped. Saints head coach Justin Holbrook, meanwhile, brings back Joseph Paulo in place of Danny Richardson.
Hull have been one of the most inconsistent sides in Super League in 2019 so if they are on their game then anything could happen. But, the team is severely lacking confidence and there looks to be infighting within the side, not least because of Jake Connor who is rumoured to be leaving at the end of the year.
Saints should be aiming to continue their momentum towards the play-offs, trying to seek that elusive Grand Final victory under Holbrook.
St Helens for the win