It may be another shortened round but there’s still plenty of pulsating action to come our way as the Betfred Championship nears the halfway point.
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Featherstone Rovers vs London Broncos
A mouth-watering match in prospect as the unbeaten Featherstone Rovers host full-time outfit London Broncos.
Featherstone have plenty of experience in their squad with Dane Chisholm returning to partner Tom Holmes. The Rovers have won every game and, with home advantage, should be favoured for this one.
London have exciting players such as Jarrod Sammut, Rhys Curran and James Meadows to choose from but their form may be too hit and miss. It will be difficult for them against the Rovers.
Prediction: Featherstone Rovers 32-20 London Broncos
Bradford Bulls vs Batley Bulldogs
Bradford have been somewhat out of form after their winning run ended but having Joe Keyes return to the fold to partner Jordan Lilley could be a major boost.
Batley were humbled at home by Halifax last time out and will want a response and do possess a strong squad to choose from.
It should be fiery affair as both clubs do battle for the play-offs but home advantage could see the Bulls edge this one.
Prediction: Bradford Bulls 26-22 Batley Bulldogs
Dewsbury Rams vs Sheffield Eagles
Dewsbury bounced back last time out with an impressive win at Oldham and could have enough confidence to back that up, especially back in front of their home crowd.
The Eagles have slipped below the Rams in the table due to their wayward form and could struggle here.
It should be a close one, with both teams having plenty of previous Super League experience but Dewsbury could just have the edge.
Prediction: Dewsbury Rams 28-24 Sheffield Eagles
Halifax Panthers vs Widnes Vikings
Two clubs in good form and in the hunt for Super League promotion, not for the first time either, could produce a thriller.
‘Fax have skilful pivots to choose from in James Woodburn-Hall, Liam Harris and Scott Grix but the Vikings in response have Jack Owens, Matty Smith plus former ‘Fax duo Shane Grady and Steve Tyrer.
It should be a tight affair but ‘Fax, backed by their home support, should have enough to see it home and continue their ascent.
Prediction: Halifax Panthers 22-18 Widnes Vikings
Whitehaven RLFC vs Swinton Lions
An interesting relegation four pointer but after their impressive win against York, Whitehaven will be full of confidence and could easily back it up with another win here.
The Lions have shown bouts of free-flowing attacking rugby but still without a league win and with a defence that requires improvement, it could be too much for them in this one.
Prediction: Whitehaven RLFC 28-16 Swinton Lions
York City Knights vs Newcastle Thunder
York are perhaps underachieving this season but this could finally be the kick-start to a possible promotion push from the City Knights.
Home advantage will help them as will their Super League experience.
But their opponents Newcastle aren’t without top flight experience either and will be up for the challenge. They should be able to trouble the Knights for large periods but a win may be a bit beyond them on this occasion.
Prediction: York City Knights 30-16 Newcastle Thunder
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