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Hull FC will be looking for home comforts when the resurgent Bradford Bulls visit the KC Stadium in Super League on Friday night.
The Black and Whites won their season-opener against Catalan Dragons at home, but have subsequently lost away trips to St Helens and Warrington.
The Bulls have recovered from dropping their first match of the campaign to beat Wakefield Wildcats and London Broncos in their last two outings.
However, Francis Cummins' side remain on minus two points despite the victories, although a win over Lee Radford's men will bring them to an even keel.
Radford has called new signing Chris Tuson and prop forward Liam Watts into his squad. Former Wigan man Tuson has recovered from a neck injury.
Watts is also on course to return to the side after damaging knee ligaments in the pre-season friendly against Featherstone, with Joe Arundel and Jay Pitts the players to make way in Hull's 19-man squad.
However, Garreth Carvell is not risked as he continues his recovery from an ankle injury although he is expected to feature against Castleford Tigers next week.
"We've got as much desperation for these two points as they have and it's the acid test of everything we've been banging on about over the past few months in terms of consistency," Radford told the club's official website.
"We're confident in what we are doing as a squad and the direction we're heading in but we need a win on Friday and that's the be all and end all."
Bulls' new signings Liam Sutcliffe and Greg Burke are both in-line to make their debuts, after being included in head coach Francis Cummins' 19-man squad.
Stand-off Sutcliffe and front-rower Burke have this week arrived on short-term loan deals, joining from Leeds Rhinos and Wigan Warriors respectively.
And the pair go straight into contention for Super League action, replacing three-quarter Luke George - who misses out with concussion - and Nick Scruton, who left the club last week, in the Bulls' squad.
Cummins is delighted to have added the talents of Sutcliffe and Burke to his squad, saying: "The experience they've got already is huge. They've probably played more Super League games than some of our players."
Hull FC: Bowden, Crooks, Ellis, Heremaia, Horne, Houghton, Lineham, Miller, Paea, Paleaaesina, Rankin, Shaul, Talanoa, Thompson, Tuson, Watts, Westerman, Whiting, Yeaman.
Bradford Bulls: Donaldson, Henry, Walker, Purtell, Gale, Kear, Olbison, Sidlow, Bridge, Burke, Sutcliffe, Mullally, Roberts, Manuokafoa, Addy, Foster, Diskin, Kearney, O'Brien.
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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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