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08 Jun 2017 by TSZ

Salford Red Devils vs Hull FC Preview

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The Lowdown

SALFORD RED DEVILS

  • Salford's seven-match winning run came to an end after falling to defeat at home to Wakefield last Sunday. The defeat was also the Red Devils' first loss in their last seven home league matches.
  • Ian Watson is forced into one change for the visit of Hull with Greg Johnson unavailable through injury. His place in the squad is taken by Daniel Murray.
  • Salford will be hoping to build on the feel-good factor at the club after Mark Flanagan, Logan Tomkins and Greg Johnson all penned new deals this week.

Head Coach: Ian Watson

Squad: Jake Bibby, Kriss Brining, Todd Carney, Michael Dobson, Niall Evalds, George Griffin, James Hasson, Weller Hauraki, Craig Kopczak, Olsi Krasniqi, Ryan Lannon, Rob Lui, Ben Murdoch-Masila, Daniel Murray, Gareth O'Brien, Junior Sa'u, Lama Tasi, Logan Tomkins, Kris Welham

Unavailable: Greg Johnson (Injured), Mark Flanagan (Injured), Jordan Walne, Adam Walne, Lee Mossop, Josh Jones

HULL FC

  • Hull snapped a three-game losing streak when beating Wigan at the KCOM Stadium last Saturday in a result which saw the black and whites open up a five-point gap on the side they beat.
  • Lee Radford has made three changes to his squad from the Wigan game with Josh Bowden, Mark Minichiello and Connor Bower dropping out. They're replaced by Mahe Fonua who returns from injury whilst Liam Watts and Josh Griffin have both completed their bans.
  • Hull have got the better of the Red Devils in three of their previous four Super League meetings and will need to improve that record to four from five if they are to close the gap on their opponents to just a single point.

Head Coach: Lee Radford

Squad: Jake Connor, Jack Downs, Brad Fash, Mahe Fonua, Chris Green, Josh Griffin, Danny Houghton, Albert Kelly, Sika Manu, Masi Matongo, Steve Michaels, Nick Rawsthorne, Jamie Shaul, Fetuli Talanoa, Jordan Thompson, Carlos Tuimavave, Jansin Turgut, Danny Washbrook, Liam Watts

Unavailable: Gareth Ellis (Sternum), Marc Sneyd (Foot), Scott Taylor (Elbow), Josh Bowden (Ribs), Mark Minichiello (Injured)


Analysis - what to expect
Both of these sides have Challenge Cup quarter-finals to look forward to next week but there are two important competition points on the line before they can turn their attention to the cup. Salford's winning streak came to an end last week whilst Hull won their first game in four. The Red Devils sit in second place in the Super League table, three points above the black and whites, making this a crucial game for both teams. It should be a close contest but Salford's home form may see them edge this one.

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