Judging by the bookies’ odds, you wouldn’t think there was just a point and a place between Hull and Salford.
Hull are beginning to find a bit of form again having won each of their last two games in league and cup. They got a gutsy win over Huddersfield before a tremendous display against Leeds to make it to successive Challenge Cup finals.
Salford have lost six of their last seven league games and were nilled in the second half of their semi-final defeat to Wigan last week after taking a slender lead at half time.
They haven’t had great news when it comes to their players this week as Mark Flanagan is out for the remainder of the season with a shoulder injury, while Michael Dobson and Junior Sau picked up knocks last week, while Lama Tasi picked up a one-match suspension. Lee Mossop and Kris Brining are also sidelined.
Robert Lui is included in their squad after just missing out on last week’s game while Jake Bibby is also in line for a return.
For Hull, they have made three changes to their squad from the semi-final with Jordan Thompson, Steve Michaels and Jansin Turgut come in for Marc Sneyd, Mark Minichello and Josh Bowden.
The home side are best priced 2/5 while you can get Salford at 11/4 with handicaps varying between eight and ten points for the Red Devils at 10/11.
The kind of defeats that Salford have suffered in recent weeks have been by double figure margins while Hull are on an upward curve and will look to get their own back for an earlier hammering at the hands of the Red Devils.
Paddy Power are offering Hull -10.5 at 11/10 and we’d take that. It’s hard to predict how Salford will respond but if they don’t do it in the right way, Hull could put some distance between them. A 21-25 points win at 12/1 could be worth a go.