Biggest game of the season so far on Friday night Rugby as the teams who were 1st and 2nd at the start of the week clash at Wheldon Road.
Cas will get a major boost with the return of influential skipper Michael Shenton whilst Albert Kelly and Minichiello return for the black and whites.
Hull have beaten the league leaders twice already this season but both those wins came at the KCOM Stadium, it’s a different kettle of fish playing the Tigers on their own patch where they have a 100% record averaging over 40 points a game.
Mind you Hull have the best away record in Super League having only lost twice on the road and that was in France and at magic.
Super League sponsors Betfred have the Tigers 4/11 favourites to win this one but they have underestimated how good FC can be on the road. They were very impressive in winning at Salford 3 weeks ago and having already beaten Cas twice this season they will be full of confidence to make it a hat trick of wins.
9/4 though is quite short given just how good the Tigers have been on home territory but the black and whites get an 8 point start on the handicap and their away form suggests they can stay inside that.
Hull won here last year and whilst I think Cas may just shade a close entertaining game by around 1-5 points the value could be with Hull on the handicap.
Cas backers can boost their odds to around 4/5 on the Half Time Full Time.
Greg Eden heads 1st try lists at around 6/1 and it’s hard to look any further given the tries he’s scored this year. Fonua at 14/1 looks the value in black and white.
Gale heads 1st try lists at 9/2, but that’s very short given the dangers There could be more value in the returning Shenton at 33/1, dangers also from the likes of Hardaker at 7/1.
Wide open betting for the black and whites too but Fonua has been in decent form lately and a try or 2 could put him right in the frame and 28/1 looks good value.
The likes of Sneyd at 8/1 and Houghton and Kelly at 9/1 will also be popular but it’s Fonua and Shenton for me.
Extra game tomorrow as Leigh go to Catalans, as always please gamble responsibly.