FORMER Giants coach John Kear is bracing himself for a massive Super League battle when his Hull side arrive at the Galpharm Stadium on Sunday (3.00).
Kear has admitted to being highly impressed with Huddersfield's opening performance as they brushed Leigh Centurions aside last Saturday.
While Giants coach Jon Sharp has the luxury of picking from a virtual full-strength side - AustralianTest centre Michael De Vere (knee) is the only absentee - Hull go into this weekend's clash lacking the services of several key players.
Missing are the likes of forwards Paul King (shoulder), Garreth Carvell (ankle) and Paul McNicholas (calf).
And former England coach Kear knows that will not help his cause.
"Huddersfield are a side that deserve ultimate respect, which was apparent from the way they played against Leigh," said Kear.
"Obviously the conditions last weekend were far from ideal and it was impossible to judge any team in all that rain and mud.
"But from what I could see, the Giants were well organised in defence and played a very smart game.
"They kept their composure and didn't try to do anything that was over-adventurous.
"I certainly don't expect to see them produce a similar performance against us on Sunday, as I'm sure the conditions will be a lot different.
"Also, their three pivotal players, Chris Thorman, Sean Penkywicz and Brad Drew, are not the type of players who will have enjoyed last week.
"They all like to play a more expansive game and I'm sure that given the right opportunity that's what they will try to do against us.
"Apart from the way Huddersfield adjusted to the Leigh conditions, I was also impressed with their never-say-die attitude and I've no doubt that won't change."
Giants coach Sharp has named the same initial 20-man squad as last week.
The players who eventually missed out were Paul March, Iain Morrison and Jon Grayshon.
March, however, would have been included, but illness on the day of the game forced his late withdrawal.
The half-back is now back to 100% fitness, and Sharp admits that has given him a massive selection headache.
"It's a good position to be in," said Sharp.
"But it does give me a real problem in terms of team selection.
"We've still got a couple more training sessions before I have to make my final choice, and it's pretty clear I'm going to need them.
"The boys have been buoyant this week and have really been flying in training.
"The entire squad is excited about the challenge this weekend, and it's obvious from the way they have all been training that nobody wants to miss out.
"Unfortunately, there are going to be one or two disappointed people.
"That's not good to see, but I would be a lot more concerned if the boys who missed out didn't seem too bothered to be told they weren't playing!
"Sunday is going to be a very big occasion and we're hoping to be backed by a massive home following.
"Hull will bring several thousand fans, and it would be great for the Giants to out-shout them!"
Huddersfield Giants: Reilly, O'Hare, Evans, Donlan, Thorman, March, Drew, Gannon, Nero, Roarty, Gene, Jones, Penkywicz, Morrison, Smith, Crabtree, Grayshon, White, Jackson, St Hilaire.
Hull FC: Briscoe, Blacklock, Yeaman, Raynor, Horne (R), Lupton, Dowes, Swain, McMenemy, Cooke, Tony, Thackray, Saxton, Chester, Higgins, Brough, Dixon, Horne (G), Wheeldon, Hill.
Referee: Ronnie Laughton (Barnsley).