Leeds are without the centre discovery of the season Carl Ablett who hasn't recovered sufficiently from a concussion received at the hands of the Giants last weekend and with the continued absence of the injured Kallum Watkins there are three players drafted into the ninteen.
The Rhinos, on a high from their last month of good showings, recall Pitts, Smith and Weller Hauraki. Of those three I think that it will be most likely that Smith will get the nod as we are looking a little threadbare in the backs.
The ninteen that McDermott, and all Rhinos fans, will be relying on at 17:15 on sunday afternoon are; Webb, Smith, Delaney, Hall, McGuire, Burrow, Leuluai, Buderus, Peacock, Jones-Buchanan, Sinfield, Lauiti'iti, Bailey, Kirke, Hauraki, Clarkson, Pitts, Jones-Bishop, and Hardaker.
Unless they win, against the odds, then this is Richard Agars last game in charge of FC against a team that he has never managed to beat during his entire tenure as Hull coach.
He brings a strong looking side to Headingley, although Obst and Tom Briscoe are thought to be doubts. Hull have underachieved this season for a squad which on paper looks better than bottom half of the table. Can a side progress from eighth? The nineteen that will be trying are; T. Briscoe, Dowes, Horne, Houghton, Lauaki, Lyne, Obst, Manu, Moa, O'Meley, Phelps, Radford, Sharp, Tickle, Turner, Washbrook, Westerman, Whiting, and Yeaman.
Three Airlie Birds to watch;
Hull FC haven't beaten the Rhinos since September 2007 when Peter Sharp's side came to Headingley and scored a 06-17 win, a month before we lifted the Superleague Trophy at Old Trafford.
FC have won eight of thirty-two Superleague meetings and managed one draw, with the Rhinos picking up twenty-three wins.
The side have met three times this season, only one of those being at HQ. The first meeting was at the KC where Leeds won by 32-18, the second at Headingley in July where Leeds nilled the visitors in a 20-00 win, before knocking the visitors out of the Challenge Cup a week later by the scoreline of 38-22.
The forecast for sunday looks to be a little unsettled with every chance of rain. Lets hope that there isn't too much and that the 'kick & clap' brigade don't wreck the pitch before our beautiful game gets on it.
It's a double header but remember that you have to pay separately for both fixtures. At least that means that you won't feel obliged to go in early and watch the other lot.
It appears that the Rhinos couldn't be bothered to produce two match programmes and have combined the two. I don't think that I'll be parting with £3 for a programme where half of it is dedicated to a sport in which I have no interest! You have been warned.
Travel safe, enjoy the game, and fingers crossed we'll all be off the Galpharm next weekend. At least that's what the bookies believe.