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Radford: Rovers the favourites

Hull FC head coach Lee Radford says rivals Hull KR will be the favourites to claim the points in their derby meeting at the Magic Weekend in Manchester.

The pair go head-to-head on Saturday evening with Rovers having taken the spoils in their first meeting this season, a 21-20 victory at the KC Lightstream Stadium last month.

While KR have failed to win since the one-point success they did draw 16-16 with Salford Red Devils last weekend. The Black and Whites have lost their last two.

Defeat for Hull FC would see them slip out of the top eight and Radford knows a quick start will be important, although he believes all the pressure will be on Hull KR.

Pressure

"The fact that they're in good form and they got the result against us last time means they're red-hot favourites, and rightly so," he told the Hull Daily Mail. "It takes a little bit of pressure off of us.

"We've spoken about every aspect from the first derby where we think we can get in front and we've got to try and execute that.

"As you can imagine when you lose like we have been, the players are all pretty fragile. It goes without saying when you've lost a couple of games your confidence isn't where it needs to be.

"We'd love a bit of the bounce of the ball, and we need a bit. We want to get out of the minor rut that we're in. We want to get this result for the fans and we want to put a smile back on their faces."

You can watch all seven of Super League's Magic Weekend's games on Sky, including Hull KR v Hull from 4.30pm on Sky Sports 3HD