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Super League match preview: Hull FC v Warrington
Hull FC will be aiming to extend their unbeaten run to three against last year's losing Grand Finalists Warrington Wolves at the KC Stadium.
The Black and Whites have responded well to losing their opening game at Leeds while Warrington came out on top of a bruising encounter with the previously unbeaten Catalan Dragons last week.
Hull FC head coach Peter Gentle has named scrum-half Brett Seymour and centre Joe Arundel as part of his 19-man squad, although both are expected to miss out again with Arundel due to play for York City Knights against Halifax on Sunday.
Gentle has already confirmed winger Tom Lineham will be given a first run out of the season, having impressed on a dual-registration deal with York that has seen him score four tries in two games for the Championship club.
The club are aiming to protect an unbeaten home run which extends back to April last year while the club's big off-season signing Gareth Ellis remains sidelined after suffering a stress fracture in his foot in the warm-up against Leeds.
Warrington have named their squad, with Adrian Morley (bicep), Ben Harrison (hernia) and Lee Briers (neck) all missing through injury, while Ben Westwood serves a one-match suspension.
Westwood was sin-binned in last Friday's success over the Dragons and was subsequently charged by the RFL, who have now handed out a one-match ban to the experienced forward.
Hull FC: Arundel, Briscoe, Crooks, Galea, Green, Heremaia, Holdsworth, Horne, Houghton, Johnson, Lineham, Lynch, McDonnell, O'Meley, Pitts, Seymour, Westerman, Whiting, Yeaman.
Wolves Atkins, Carvell, Cooper, Currie, Evans, Grix, Higham, Hill, Hodgson, Laithwaite, McCarthy, Monaghan, Monaghan, Myler, Ratchford, Riley, Saltonstall, Waterhouse, Wood.
What they said...
Hull FC assistant head coach Andy Hay
"This week will be another good test for us," Hay told the Hull Daily Mail.
"Last week at St Helens was a good test, but they are still finding their feet at the minute, like we are. Warrington are a bit in front of everyone else and it will be great to get them down here and see where we are this week.
"The boys and the coaching staff are excited. We want to have a close look at Warrington and see how our attack goes against them and how well we defend against them."
Warrington Wolves head coach Tony Smith
"It will be a tough game no doubt. Last year was unique; I think we got off a plane five days before our first round against Hull and we had a real tough game over there," he told the club's official website.
"We are in a different shape this year as are they. They've recruited some new players and will have gained some confidence from their last couple of outings.
"We are starting to build some of ours as well. While there are still some aspects of our game that we need to continue to improve on we feel we are improving in some areas as well."
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|Thursday 5th February|
|20:00||Widnes vs Wigan|
|Friday 6th February|
|20:00||St Helens vs Catalans Dragons|
|Saturday 7th February|
|15:00||Warrington vs Salford|
|Sunday 8th February|
|15:00||Huddersfield vs Hull|
|15:00||Hull K R vs Leeds|
|15:30||Castleford vs Wakefield|
|Thursday 12th February|
|20:00||Salford vs St Helens|
|Friday 13th February|
|20:00||Hull vs Warrington|
|20:00||Leeds vs Widnes|
|20:00||Wigan vs Huddersfield|
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