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Super League preview: Huddersfield Giants v Hull FC
Huddersfield will aim to maintain pole position in Super League when they entertain Hull FC at the John Smith's Stadium on Saturday.
The Giants currently sit on top of the table after registering five wins from six outings so far in 2013, the last of them seeing them defeat reigning champions Leeds 32-8 at Headingley.
Their only setback so far came in their previous home fixture against Bradford, so they will not want a repeat in front of the Sky Sports cameras.
Head coach Paul Anderson could opt to recall fit-again winger Jermaine McGillvary after he missed the win over the Rhinos with a back problem.
Jason Chan is an absentee for the host; the second-rower could be out for as long as two months after tearing knee ligaments against the Rhinos.
Hull, meanwhile, are without Danny Tickle and Kirk Yeaman as they look to build on last week's 52-0 thrashing of Castleford - just their second win of the campaign so far.
Tickle is suspended following a red card for fighting against the Tigers while Yeaman sustained a broken thumb in the same match. He is joined on the sidelines by Aaron Heremaia (rib injury).
Ben Crooks, Jason Crookes and Chris Green have all been drafted into the 19-man squad by Airlie Birds boss Peter Gentle, who knows his side cannot allow Huddersfield's huge pack to get on the front foot if they are to contain the in-form Danny Brough.
"Everybody knows about the big forward pack they've got and how much time and space they're giving Danny Brough and Luke Robinson in the halves," he told the club's official website.
"The challenge for us there is to come up against probably the form forward pack in the competition and the form half back, so it's going to be a tough one.
Huddersfield: Grix, Cudjoe, Wardle, McGillvary, Brough, Robinson, Crabtree, Lunt, Kopczak, Faiumu, Ferres, Patrick, Ta'ai, Murphy, Cording, Fairbank, Ferguson, Dawson, Fielden.
Hull: Arundel, Bowden, Briscoe, Crookes, Crooks, Galea, Green, Holdsworth, Horne, Houghton, Johnson, Lineham, Lynch, McDonnell, O'Meley, Pitts, Watts, Westerman, Whiting.
What they said...
Huddersfield captain Danny Brough
"We played a solid game in the conditions and, when the big lads get forward like they did, it is easier to kick off the back of them."
Hull FC coach Peter Gentle
"The challenge for us there is to come up against probably the form forward pack in the competition and the form half-back so it's going to be a tough one."
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Super League Table
|9||Hull K R||24||21|
|10||Salford Red Devils||24||19|
|13||Bradford Bulls *||24||8|
|Thursday 28th August|
|20:00||Warrington vs Huddersfield|
|Friday 29th August|
|20:00||Widnes vs Wigan|
|20:00||Hull vs Hull K R|
|20:00||Leeds vs St Helens|
|Saturday 30th August|
|17:00||Catalan Dragons vs London Broncos|
|Sunday 31st August|
|15:00||Wakefield vs Salford|
|15:30||Castleford vs Bradford|
|Thursday 4th September|
|20:00||St Helens vs Warrington|
|Friday 5th September|
|20:00||Wigan vs Leeds|
|Sunday 7th September|
|15:00||Salford vs London Broncos|
|Sunday 17th August|
|Bradford 34 - 28 Hull|
|London Broncos 40 - 36 Leeds|
|Huddersfield 28 - 14 Widnes|
|Friday 15th August|
|St Helens 40 - 16 Wakefield|
|Salford 34 - 22 Catalan Dragons|
|Warrington 48 - 10 Castleford|
|Thursday 14th August|
|Hull K R 14 - 14 Wigan|
|Sunday 3rd August|
|Castleford 64 - 18 London Broncos|
|Widnes 28 - 10 Hull K R|
|Wakefield 18 - 36 Huddersfield|
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