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Super League preview: Hull FC v Huddersfield Giants
Hull FC have made two changes to their squad ahead of Sunday's Super League clash with high-flying Huddersfield Giants at the KC Stadium.
Coach Peter Gentle is without the in-form Ben Crooks for the visit of the Giants, who are just one point behind table-toppers Wigan Warriors.
The centre, who has seven tries from the last two outings, rolled his ankle during the defeat to Wakefield Wildcats on Monday but is not expected to face a lengthy spell out.
"We are hoping it is just one week but we will have to wait and see how it develop over the next few days," Gentle explained.
The Black and Whites are also awaiting results of scans carried out on Daniel Holdsworth's calf meaning forwards Chris Green and Jay Pitts get the nod to replace the injured duo.
Similarly, Giants head coach Paul Anderson makes two changes to his 19-man squad ahead of the trip east.
Kyle Wood could appear in a Huddersfield once again following his re-signing from Wakefield Wildcats on a three-and-a-half-year contract earlier in the week.
Young prop Josh Johnson, 19, is also included in the 19-man travelling party as Craig Kopczak and Anthony Mullally both miss out.
With Castleford producing a shock victory against league leaders Wigan last weekend, Giants back row Brett Ferres is hoping his side can continue their climb to the summit.
"We need to do a job on Hull to keep the pressure on at Wigan, last week Castleford did us a favour but we need to put ourselves in a good position to keep pushing towards that top spot and it's an achievable goal and something we want to do," he said.
The Giants have won three of the previous five meetings between the pair and come up against a Hull side who have lost three straight.
Hull FC: Arundel, Briscoe, Ellis, Galea, Green, Heremaia, Houghton, Johnson, Lineham, Lynch, Miller, McDonnell, O'Meley, Pitts, Tickle, Watts, Westerman, Whiting, Yeaman.
Giants: Grix, George, Cudjoe, Wardle, McGillvary, Brough, Robinson, Crabtree, Lunt, Ferres, Faiumu, Lawrence, Patrick, Ta'ai, Murphy, Cording, Ferguson, Johnson, Wood.
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First Utility Super League Table
|9||Hull K R||3||2|
|10||Salford Red Devils||3||2|
|First Utility Super League|
|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|
|First Utility Super League|
|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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