Another round of Super League matches get underway on Thursday evening when two sides currently occupying spots in the top four meet at The Jungle when the Castleford Tigers take on Hull FC.
Consistency is something that you couldn’t associate with either of these two sides this term and as a result of that this one could go either way which makes it a rather appealing early evening watch before settling in for a good night of golf.
The Tigers began this campaign on the front foot and looking good but their season has hit the buffers recently with just four wins from their last 12 matches. Given the turmoil they had heading into the campaign you would have expected it to be the other way round but that hasn’t been the case, so all eyes will be on them here to see how they go and what kind of performance they can put in.
Castleford do go in here off the back of a golden point win over the Huddersfield Giants last week though so they could be forgiven for thinking that they have something to build on here. A second straight win would offer up a platform to finish the season strongly as they look to secure their spot in the top five come the end of the regular campaign.
You would have to say Hull FC haven’t been overly impressive either although they have won three of their last five. They were absolutely ripped to shreds at the Magic Weekend but to their credit they have bounced back with a cup win over this opponent and a good victory over the Salford Red Devils in the Super League last week. Another win here will make that Magic debacle a distant memory.
When Hull FC are bad they are really poor but when they are good they are as good a side as there is in the competition perhaps with the exception of St Helens who look a class above. Only they will know what they are going to produce on any given day. That makes them exciting to watch but I dare say it makes them frustrating to follow at the same time.
Castleford Tigers continue to rotate their personnel and this time it is the turn of Junior Moors and Jesse Sene-Lafao to come back into the side. Chris Clarkson and Mitch Clark are the two men who are making way.
Hull FC are making three changes with Lee Radford looking to keep things fresh. Scott Taylor, jack Brown and Kieran Buchanan come back into the squad with Josh Griffin suspended, Sika Manu out injured and Josh Bowden rested.
I don’t expect there to be a huge amount in this one either way so I think the best way to play this match is a punt on the outsiders which are Hull FC. If anything I would edge with them as the side I think will win the match anyway because I think the conditions might nullify some of the Castleford Tigers’ threat which will play into the hands of the visitors.
Conditions up north are not expected to be good for this match so there is little chance of giving the ball some air and play free flowing and expansive rugby. That isn’t likely to sway Hull FC who are strong up the middle and can play that hard fought tough style of rugby which may well be needed to come out on top here. In my eyes that makes them the value in what could be a tight and low scoring affair.
WON – Back Hull FC to beat Castleford Tigers for a 4/10 stake at 2.75 with Betway