Salford City Reds face table-topping Huddersfield Giants today as part of Super League’s Good Friday spectacular.
Five match-ups are scheduled for the day with fiery derbies between Hull FC and Hull KR, and St. Helens and rivals Wigan the standouts.
Reds face the Giants a week after being thoroughly outplayed by a classy Wigan Warriors outfit.
They ended the game on the wrong side of a 40-20 reverse and will again be up against it today as they visit the in-form Giants.
Huddersfield were thoroughly impressive in last weekend’s victory over Yorkshire rivals Leeds Rhinos running out 22-12 winners at Headingley.
Salford head coach Phil Veivers has had to deal with an injury crisis so far this season but will have two of his first team regulars back in the fold for today’s clash.
Fleet-footed winger Jodie Broughton has missed the last five weeks with a double hernia but is expected to return this afternoon.
Off-season import Shannan McPherson has been sidelined with a knee ligament injury for the last two games but has also been named in Veivers’ matchday 19.
All the action in the Huddersfield camp has been off the field this week.
Tuesday saw head coach Nathan Brown announce that he would be joining St. Helens next season as replacement for the recently sacked Royce Simmons.
"They are a great and historic club and continuously associated with success," said Brown. "I'm relishing the challenge for next season onwards.
"That said this season is all about Huddersfield Giants for me."
He added: "It's good to get this announcement out of the way so that I can concentrate totally on the job at hand."
The news came as a shock to Giants fans as they were expecting the Australian to return down-under when his current contract expires at the end of the season.
In terms of team news it is much more positive for Brown.
Captain and standoff Kevin Brown, as well as second row Dale Ferguson, are both fit again this week meaning Brown will have a full squad to choose from for today’s match at the Galpharm Stadium.
It will certainly not be an easy away day for the Reds but they will quietly confident of causing an upset.
The Reds managed a surprise win last August after previously suffering a humiliating 52-22 defeat in the corresponding fixture last season.