Hull FC vs Salford Red Devils Preview

The Lowdown

HULL FC

  • Hull were held to a draw by Huddersfield last week but that now makes them five games unbeaten and they remain one of the form teams in the Super League over the last month.
  • Star half-back Albert Kelly has returned to Australia on compassionate leave to be with his family for a short period so he misses out and that is a huge loss to the side given his form this season.
  • Winger Fetuli Talanoa returns after concussion and that is a major boost to them as they are already without Kelly and influential hooker Danny Houghton coming into this game.

Head Coach: Lee Radford

Squad: Josh Bowden, Jake Connor, Gareth Ellis, Brad Fash, Mahe Fonua, Chris Green, Josh Griffin, Jez Litten, Masi Matongo, Sika Manu, Steve Michaels, Mark Minichiello, Jamie Shaul, Marc Sneyd, Fetuli Talanoa, Scott Taylor, Jordan Thompson, Jansin Turgut, Danny Washbrook, Liam Watts

Unavailable: Albert Kelly (Personal reasons), Danny Houghton (Calf), Carlos Tuimavave (Ankle), Dean Hadley (Hip), Jack Downs

SALFORD RED DEVILS

  • Salford have made their best start to a Super League season for years and they are currently riding a three-match winning streak after beating St Helens last week.
  • Centre Junior Sa'u returns to the squad after a leg injury which is a major boost along with scrum-half Josh Wood and they replace Jake Bibby and Kriss Brining in the 19-man squad.
  • Michael Dobson picked up a slight knock last week but has recovered to play and the Red Devils travel to East Yorkshire with great confidence due to their impressive form.

Head Coach: Ian Watson

Squad: Justin Carney, Todd Carney, Michael Dobson, Mark Flanagan, Greg Johnson, Josh Jones, Craig Kopczak, George Griffin, Rob Lui, Ben Murdoch-Masila, Lee Mossop, Gareth O'Brien, Olsi Krasniqi, Junior Sa'u, Lama Tasi, Logan Tomkins, Adam Walne, Kris Welham, Josh Wood

Unavailable: Weller Huaraki (Foot), Jordan Walne, Niall Evalds, Ryan Lannon, Jake Bibby, Kriss Brining


Analysis - what to expect
Both Hull and Salford are enjoying excellent runs of form right now but the hosts have a couple of key absentees in Kelly and Houghton to contend with. Hull will lose a great deal of creativity and threat without Kelly, and against a workmanlike side like Salford, that could see a low scoring affair compared to recent matches between the two which average 57.3 points per game over the last 6. Do not expect anywhere close to that figure here and give a slight preference to the visitors due to the team news.