Hull FC vs Salford Red Devils: Team news, match preview and score prediction

After an opening round win over Wakefield, Hull came crashing down to Earth when they were beaten by Champions St Helens with skipper Luke Gale being sent off.

A day after that, Salford maintained their 100% start with a thumping win over Toulouse to put down a real marker at the start of the season.

To really cement themselves as a force to be reckoned with in 2022, a win here would certainly be ideal.

Team News

Of course, the big news for Hull FC is the suspension of skipper Luke Gale. But as he drops out of the side, Jake Connor returns from his own ban. Meanwhile, the Black and Whites are boosted by the return of Carlos Tuimavave but are still without Andre Savelio through suspension.

As for Salford, they’ve been able to name an unchanged squad after picking up that comprehensive win over Toulouse. Meanwhile Marc Sneyd is set to play against his former team for the first time.

Match Preview

Key Battles:

Adam Swift v Ken Sio: The last time Ken Sio came up against Hull FC, he ran the show and did so again last week scoring four tries against Toulouse. He’ll come up against Adam Swift tomorrow who has enjoyed a new lease of life under Brett Hodgson at Hull FC. He’ll want to limit the impact Sio has on the game but he, like Sio, is capable of a match defining moment.

Jake Connor v Marc Sneyd: Former teammates Jake Connor and Marc Sneyd are set to do battle in the halves tomorrow with Connor replacing Gale and coming up against the man Gale was signed to replace in Marc Sneyd. Different players, Sneyd will hope to limit Connor’s opportunities by dictating possession and territory whilst Connor will hope to conjure up some moments of magic.

Shane Wright v Jordan Lane: Shane Wright has made a real positive impression in the first two rounds of Super League but he’ll come up with one of the most hard working and most underrated forwards in Super League in the shape Jordan Lane. What will make things tougher on Lane is the fact he’s playing out of his natural position at loose-forward.

Where the game will be won and lost:

This will be one of the biggest tests of Salford’s pack as they come up against big forwards like Ligi Sao and Chris Satae. If they can contain this threat, players like Marc Sneyd, Brodie Croft and Ryan Brierley could shine and potentially guide Salford to a third consecutive win.

Prediction: Hull FC 20-28 Salford Red Devils

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