Castleford vs Hull
7:45pm Thursday 5th September
The Mend-A-Hose Jungle
Super League play-off hopefuls when they meet at the Jungle on Thursday, live on Sky Sports Castleford and Hull will put their year.
Victory for the Black and Whites, who are two things over their hosts, would clinch a play-off place with a game to spare and effectively end the Tigers' effort.
However, a win for Daryl Powell's men would allow them set up a round and to leapfrog their opponents to the five courtesy of some superior points difference.
"It is massive for both groups," said Castleford's former Hull full-back Jordan Rankin. "There's no hiding from this.
"I feel this year generally has been more exciting than it's been over the past couple of years.
"With the shift of the structure, you're now seeing with an exciting battle in the bottom of the table and a thrilling battle between those third, fourth, fifth and sixth positions also.
"it is a lot nearer than it's been. You may be seated then and in the top five by the weekend in case you lose you could find yourself in mid-table.
"It is an exciting brand for rugby league for a part of and also I think it's only going to get better from here."
They also have an impressive track record, which includes a 31-18 victory, although hull have stumbled in the time of the year, winning only one of their last four games.
Along with Lee Radford's side seem set to be boosted by the return from injury of stand-off Albert Kelly, who also scored a hat-trick of tries because triumph over the Tigers.
"I understand Albi very well and I'd imagine he'll play since he gets up for the huge matches," said Rankin. "They clearly want him to perform so we will prepare as if he's playing.
"They are a dangerous team, they've always been a dangerous group. They have got some players who can do any damage to you if you let them."
For a lot of the year, both teams seemed sure to finish in the top five but among these is currently set to become victims of their late surges from Wigan and Salford.
By winning four of their past six games, castleford have maintained themselves in the mix and trainer Powell is convinced they could make an impact.
"It is almost like a one-piece match," he said. "If you are going to win anything, then you've got to win these knockout games.
"When we could, it is going to go down to the previous weekend and that is what it is all about, who is likely to hold their nerve and produce their best performances when it actually matters.
"When we manage it, then it is going to be an extraordinary hard work and after that you're two or three games away from doing something particular.
"We believe we are able to do this but it comes down to one game. We have got to do that one right, otherwise you will be completing early and we have not done that for a short time."
Castleford Tigers 19-man squad: Cheyse Blair, James Clare, Matt Cook, Jamie Ellis, Oliver Holmes, Will Maher, Nathan Massey, Peter Mata'utia, Mike McMeeken, Paul McShane, Grant Millington, Adam Milner, Greg Minikin,Jordan Rankin, Jesse Sene-Lefao, Daniel Smith, Jake Trueman, Calum Turner, Liam Watts
Hull FC 19-man team: Jamie Shaul, Bureta Faraimo, Carlos Tuimavave, Josh Griffin, Albert Kelly, Marc Sneyd, Scott Taylor, Danny Houghton, Josh Bowden, Mark Minichiello, Jake Connor, Masi Matongo, Brad Fash, Sika Manu, Mickey Paea, Jack Logan, Gareth Ellis, Ratu Naulago, Tevita Satae
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