Venue: St James’ Park
Hull FC 19 man squad: Jordan Abdull, Gareth Ellis, Chris Green, Danny Houghton, Tom Lineham, Mark Minichiello, Mickey Paea, Iafeta Paleaaesina, Leon Pryce, Jordan Rankin, Setaimata Sa, Jamie Shaul, Marc Sneyd, Fetuli Talanoa, Jordan Thompson, Liam Watts, Joe Westerman, Richard Whiting, Kirk Yeaman.
Hull KR 19 man squad: Maurice Blair, John Boudebza, Terry Campese, Ben Cockayne, Jordan Cox, Kieran Dixon, James Donaldson, Sonny Esslemont, James Green, James Greenwood, Albert Kelly, Kevin Larroyer, Tyrone McCarthy, Josh Mantellato, Aaron Ollett, Tony Puletua, Liam Salter, Ken Sio, Kris Welham.
Last Five Meetings
Hull FC 6-20 Hull KR – Round 8, 2015
Hull FC 28-0 Hull KR – Round 25, 2014
Hull FC 24-38 Hull KR – Round 13, 2014 (@Etihad Stadium, Manchester)
Hull KR 21-20 Hull FC – Round 9, 2014
Hull KR 20-38 Hull FC – Round 24, 2013
City rivals Hull FC and Hull KR will lock horns this afternoon with both having recorded impressive victories recently.
FC, who will be looking to make up for their feeble showing in the 20-6 derby defeat in April, have won six of their last eight games, included eye-catching victories over Saint Helens and Warrington.
Meanwhile Hull KR knocked Wigan out of the Challenge Cup only two weeks after being drubbed 60-0 by the same opponents.
Rovers could hand a debut to new signing Tony Puletua, who has joined on loan from Salford after being frozen out at the AJ Bell Stadium, while Albert Kelly and Liam Salter could return following injury.
Coach Chris Chester expects a much tougher test than the side they faced in April.
He told Sky Sports News: “We’ve won more than we’ve lost but it’s who performs on the day.
“We’re facing a different side to the one we faced six or seven weeks ago.
“They’re playing with a little bit more confidence and I think they’ve won six of their last eight games.
“So they are certainly the form team going into Saturday afternoon.”
Hull FC coach Lee Radford will be able to call upon the returning Joe Westerman and Tom Lineham.
England international Westerman has missed the last six weeks after requiring surgery on a hernia but is expected to start after recovering just in time for his side’s assault on the top eight.
Jordan Rankin and Jamie Shaul will once again battle it to decide who starts at fullback but Curtis Naughton has a hip injury and Steve Michaels is dropped after the 17-10 defeat to Saint Helens.
Prediction: Hull FC by 8. The Airlie Bird’s attack let them down in the first derby of the season but the combination of Leon Pryce and Marc Sneyd looks to have found its groove and could take advantage of the Robin’s leaky defence.
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