Fax have got the better of their opponents in important ties, winning golden point thrillers in the 2010 Grand Final and last season’s Northern Rail Cup semi-finals.
But Rovers will still start the game as slight favourites, with both sides undefeated to date this year.
Fax forward Iain Morrison will be denied a chance to face his former club after being ruled out with a knee injury.
An initial scan has proved inconclusive and he is now expected to have an MRI on the problem, though it is not thought to be as serious as was first feared.
Fax coach Karl Harrison is still hoping to extend the loan period of Wakefield prop Matt James, while three-quarter Lee Paterson is available following a long lay-off but came through an under-23s fixture unscathed.
Rovers coach Daryl Powell said his side was a “little bit patchy” during their win over Dewsbury, but was pleased with their strong finish to the game particularly after a midweek match at Oldham.
He will check on a slight hamstring strain on Jon Grayshon before finalising his team, and is relishing Sunday’s contest.
Powell said: “Halifax have been going okay, they have recruited heavily and have a smart, disciplined coach in place.
“We know they’ve had a few injuries but they’ve got a deep squad and it will be a good test for us.”
With the glass ceiling to Super League being removed from next season, the path to the top flight opens up for Cumbria once again.
The Super League play-offs in their current form may attract some criticism, but they are keeping the season alive for several clubs in the bottom half.
The bonus point system, that has been in place in the Championships for the past eight seasons, is on the agenda for possible inclusion in Super League next year.
Hull Kingston Rovers have confirmed that Kenny Sio will be joining them from Parramatta Eels in 2015.
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