Wigan Warriors vs Hull FC: Kick-off time, TV details and predicted line-ups

Two teams enjoying the start of 2022 do battle tonight at the DW Stadium as third place Wigan host fifth place Hull FC.

The Warriors have lost just once all season and come into the game having dumped Salford out of the cup with 20-0 win booking their place in the last eight.

Hull FC join Wigan in the quarter-finals of the Challenge Cup maintaining their recent momentum with a thumping win over Championship Sheffield. But will that momentum be enough to carry them to a win over Wigan?

Kick-off time and TV channel

The game kicks off at 20:00.

TV coverage will start from 19:30 on Sky Sports Arena and Sky Sports Main Event.

Predicted Line-ups

Wigan Warriors
The big conundrum to solve when predicting Wigan’s 17 for tonight’s game hinges on Bevan French. Back in the squad for the first time this season, will the mercurial talent return to fullback or should the in form Jai Field hold onto the number one spot? If French doesn’t play fullback will he move into the halves in place of the suspended Thomas Leuluai or is the safe bet to play him on the wing with Zak Hardaker and Jake Bibby at centre covering for the injured Kai Pearce-Paul. This may be the best way to re-introduce French rather than having him in the thick of the action but would mean no return for Iain Thornley. In this case, it would be Harry Smith replacing Leuluai at seven. Elsewhere, Brad Singleton will return to the front row with Morgan Smithies or Liam Byrne dropping to the bench. Speaking of which, against a big Hull side, Matt Peet may name as big a bench as possible.

23 Jai Field
1 Bevan French
3 Zak Hardaker
2 Jake Bibby
5 Liam Marshall
6 Cade Cust
16 Harry Smith
8 Brad Singleton
9 Sam Powell
20 Liam Byrne
12 Liam Farrell
13 John Bateman
11 Willie Isa
Substitutes
10 Patrick Mago
14 Morgan Smithies
17 Oliver Partington
19 Ethan Havard

Hull FC
Like Matt Peet, Hull FC coach Brett Hodgson has some selection headaches of the more positive kind. The first is on the wing where Connor Wynne has played well recently but Darnell McIntosh’s return could see Wynne’s run of games end. Or maybe not. Hodgson often likes an outside back on the bench so Wynne may figure amongst the subs alongside Joe Lovodua. His impact around a tired ruck will be a vital weapon in Hodgson’s arsenal and he’ll be happy to play Lovodua in a more natural role having played in the halves recently. It is Luke Gale’s return from suspension which enables this change. The other major returnee is Kane Evans who will likely feature on the bench.

1 Jake Connor
5 Darnell McIntosh
3 Carlos Tuimavave
4 Josh Griffin
2 Adam Swift
19 Ben McNamara
7 Luke Gale
8 Ligi Sao
9 Danny Houghton
10 Chris Satae
11 Andre Savelio
12 Manu Ma’u
13 Jordan Lane
Substitutes
14 Joe Lovodua
16 Kane Evans
20 Jack Brown
23 Connor Wynne

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