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Huddersfield Giants will be out for revenge against Yorkshire rivals Bradford Bulls when the duo meet at the Magic Weekend on Sunday.
Francis Cummins' Bulls have already secured an impressive 43-18 triumph over Paul Anderson's side, who currently sit second in the table three points behind leaders Wigan, this season.
Yet while the Giants have won five of their last six Super League outings, the Bulls put an end to a three-game losing streak last Friday courtesy of a 28-7 success over the Salford City Reds.
The match holds special meaning for Bradford's Adrian Purtell as it was a year ago in Manchester he suffered a heart attack following the defeat to Leeds.
Bradford welcome back goal-kicking winger Jamie Foster to their 19-man squad for the match at the Etihad Stadium.
The former St Helens man tore his pectoral muscle in the game at Rochdale in the Tetley's Challenge Cup but is now fit to play after initial fears suggested he could miss twelve weeks of action.
Loan signing Jacob Fairbank is also included for the game against his parent club but there is no place for Adam Sidlow, who missed the Salford game with a shoulder injury. Michael Platt is also not in the 19-man party.
Giants head coach Paul Anderson has made just one change to his squad that eased past the Widnes Vikings 36-22 last time out.
Ben Blackmore has come in for Matty Dawson while Joe Wardle serves the final match of his two-game ban for punching in their Challenge Cup win over Leeds Rhinos.
"It is certainly the case that they came and embarrassed us on our home ground in round five of the competition. Now we are in round 16 and we can go and put that right," Anderson told the Huddersfield Daily Examiner.
"But we don't use revenge as motivation in our preparation and, while some people might think that we owe them one, we have to concentrate on going out and doing our job.
"But if for some of the players putting the record straight does play a part in our winning the game then so be it!"
Bradford: Donaldson, Foster, Olbison, Fairbank, Gale, Kear, Scruton, Bateman, L'Estrange, Purtell, Lulia, Whitehead, Diskin, Sammut, Addy, Langley, Walker, Blythe, Evans.
Huddersfield: Grix, Cudjoe, McGillvary, Brough, Robinson, Crabtree, Lunt, Kopczak, Ferres, Faiumu, Patrick, Chan, Ta'ai, Murphy, Cording, Ferguson, Mullally, Blackmore, Dwyer.
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|9||Hull K R||3||2|
|10||Salford Red Devils||3||2|
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|Thursday 5th March|
|20:00||Hull FC vs Leeds Rhinos|
|Friday 6th March|
|20:00||Wakefield Wildcats vs St Helens|
|20:00||Huddersfield Giants vs Widnes Vikings|
|20:00||Castleford Tigers vs Wigan Warriors|
|Saturday 7th March|
|15:30||Catalans Dragons vs Salford Red Devils|
|Sunday 8th March|
|15:00||Warrington Wolves vs Hull K R|
|Thursday 12th March|
|20:00||Huddersfield vs Castleford|
|Friday 13th March|
|20:00||Warrington vs Leeds|
|20:00||Wigan vs Hull|
|20:00||Widnes Vikings vs St Helens|
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|Sunday 1st March|
|Widnes Vikings 16 - 58 Wakefield Wildcats|
|Hull K R 22 - 20 Wigan Warriors|
|Saturday 28th February|
|Salford Red Devils 32 - 28 Hull FC|
|Catalans Dragons 38 - 18 Warrington Wolves|
|Friday 27th February|
|St Helens 21 - 14 Castleford Tigers|
|Thursday 26th February|
|Leeds Rhinos 28 - 24 Huddersfield Giants|
|Sunday 15th February|
|Wakefield 44 - 24 Hull K R|
|Saturday 14th February|
|Catalans Dragons 13 - 12 Castleford|
|Friday 13th February|
|Hull 6 - 7 Warrington|
|Leeds 38 - 6 Widnes|
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