Match preview: Hull FC v Salford Red Devils

Hull FC and Salford get the fourth round of the Tetley’s Challenge Cup underway this evening, with a rematch of the clash that finished 30-8 in favour of the Black and Whites last Friday.

Hull boss Lee Radford has been boosted by the return of props Mickey Paea and Garreth Carvell for the clash, as his pack begins to take shape once again after being ravaged by injury and suspension. Those two men come into the 19-man squad in place of Richard Horne and Ben Crooks – with the former nursing a slight injury picked up in last week’s win over Salford.

As for Salford, they will desperate to get some sort of consistency and momentum together as their season continues to stutter. Rangi Chase will continue his return from injury and will continue to partner Tim Smith in the halves.

The Squads
Hull FC squad: Arundel, Carvell, Colbon, Hadley, Heremaia, Houghton, Miller, Paea, Paleaaesina, Pitts, Rankin, Shaul, Talanoa, Thompson, Tuson, Watts, Westerman, Whiting, Yeaman

Salford: Ashurst, Chase, Fages, Gleeson, Hansen, Hock, Howarth, Johnson, Lee, McPherson, Meli, Morley, Mullaney, Puletua, Rapira, Sa’u, Smith, Tasi, Walne.

The Stats
Hull FC have won their last four meetings with Salford, with the Red Devils’ last win against the Black & Whites coming 24-22 at home on 24 February, 2012.

Salford’s last win at the KC Stadium was a 22-18 victory in Round 4 of the Challenge Cup on 5 April, 2009. This is the Red Devils’ only win at the stadium, having lost all previous ten Super League meetings – and the last six in succession.

The Prediction
Salford’s woes on the road are likely to continue against a Hull FC side that look stronger and more physical than they did last week – when they dispatched the Devils. Hull FC to progress.

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