Super League preview: Hull FC v Widnes

Widnes are seeking their first victory against Hull at the KC Stadium, having lost on all six previous visits.

The Vikings, who also lost their first game of 2014 at Leeds last week, are without playmaker Joe Mellor, so they will look for Kevin Brown to provide the spark against the Black and Whites.

Brown has scored five tries so far this season, and he needs three more for a career total of 100.

The Airlie Birds are forced into three changes in their pack, with Feka Paleaaesina, Liam Kent and Dean Hadley all coming in due to injuries.

Widnes head coach Denis Betts has Stefan Marsh, Phil Joseph and Paul Johnson available for selection after the trio recovered from minor knocks.

Hull FC

Squad: Arundel, Colbon, Crooks, Ellis, Hadley, Heremaia, Horne, Houghton, Kent, Paleaaesina, Rankin, Shaul, Talanoa, Thompson, Tuson, Watts, Westerman, Whiting, Yeaman.

Last match: Lost 19-16 away at Castleford

Widnes

Squad: Ah Van, Brown, Clarke, Craven, Dean, Flynn, Galea, Gerrard, Gilmore, Hanbury, Isa, Johnson, Joseph, Kavanagh, Leuluai, Phelps, Marsh, Tickle, White.

Last match: Lost 38-4 away at Leeds

Super League summary

Hull FC won 9

Widnes won 4

Hull FC highest score: 72-10 (H, 2013) (widest margin: 70-4, H, 2004)

Widnes highest score: 46-10 (H, 2003) (also widest margin)

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