Salford Red Devils vs Hull FC Predictions: Salford play-off push to continue

 | Saturday 6th July 2024, 7:00am

Saturday 6th July 2024, 7:00am

Salford Red Devils bid to build on a stunning home win over St Helens last time out with more of the same on Sunday against a Hull FC side still without a head coach and with just two wins all season (kick-off 15:00 BST, live on Sky Sports Action).

Paul Rowley's Red Devils continue to show that they can beat anyone on their day, and even though Hull have shown signs of improvement in recent weeks there won't be many backing the away win here, as you'll see in my Salford Red Devils vs Hull FC predictions.

Salford Red Devils vs Hull FC Tips

  • Handicap 3-way Alternative 2: Salford -18 @ 17/10
  • Chris Hankinson anytime tryscorer @ 1/1

Salford Red Devils vs Hull FC Odds

There's no great surprise looking at the match winner odds, with Salford a heavy 2/9 favourite and Hull priced at 7/2. The draw? That's 20/1 over 80 minutes, but while Marc Sneyd has been a golden-point hero for both these clubs over the years that one does seem a long shot.

Team News

Salford have a few problems to contend with for this fixture, with both first-choice centres ruled out. In fact, Rowley only names a 20 rather than 21-man squad. Nene Macdonald has been outstanding for the Red Devils this season and his absence is a huge blow, while left centre Tim Lafai picked up an injury in the warm-up against Saints last time out and was withdrawn just seconds before kick off.

The good news for Salford fans though is the return of their talismanic full-back Ryan Brierley after a rib cartilage issue. Brierley has been a frustrated observer in recent weeks and tells me he was almost fit for that Saints game two weeks ago so there should be no doubt that he will return this week.

Reserve prop Jamie Pye also gets a call-up to the matchday squad.

Rugby League Odds

Hull FC make four changes to the squad that was narrowly beaten by Warrington Wolves in the final game before the international break.

Veteran hooker Danny Houghton, young back-rower Will Kirby, Jack Walker and Matty Laidlaw are the men to come in. Injury rules out Jack Ashworth, Cam Scott and Jed Cartwright, with Davy Litten also not involved.

Still sidelined are Joe Cator, Nick Staveley, Charlie Severs, Mitieli Vulikijapani and Cobie Wainhouse.

Handicap 3-way Alternative 2: Salford -18 @ 17/10

Make no mistake about it, losing both first-choice centres - especially when they are of the calibre of Lafai and Macdonald, represents a sizeable blow to any team. The pair are absolute dynamite and leave a big hole in Salford's attack.

That said, Lafai was injured in the warm-up against St Helens and Salford were still able to beat the former champions without him in a hastily-rejigged side. The return of Brierley at full-back is perfectly timed to cover the loss of Macdonald too, allowing the in-form and versatile Chris Hankinson to revert to centre or wing.

I see a lot of Salford and I still fancy them to win this game with a little bit to spare. Hull FC are improving, but that comes from the bottom of the barrel so it is all relative. They can push Salford close in this one, which makes the handicap betting a little bit tough to be confident about.

Hull haven't won at the Salford Community Stadium since 2019 but the last couple of visits have been close enough, Salford winning by seven points last year and 10 the year before. It could well be a margin in that ball park, but the thing about the Red Devils at home is that if they get on a roll and into a purple patch then the points come very quickly indeed. With that in mind I'm going to be a little bolder and take the value on offer on the -18 market and the implication of 37% chance that comes with the 17/10 price.

Salford -18 @ 17/10

Chris Hankinson anytime tryscorer @  1/1

I really like the look of Hankinson this season and he has been a revelation since his winter move. He is in phenomenal physical shape thanks largely to the hard yards he has put in at the gym since returning to professional Super League rugby from part-time Championship side Featherstone Rovers last year.

Comfortable at full-back - where he has excelled in Brierley's absence - on the wing, or at centre, Hankinson will get opportunities against this Hull defence and I would expect him to cross.

Chris Hankinson anytime tryscorer @ 1/1

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