Championship Round 11: Score predictions, kick-off times and TV coverage

Normal services resumes as the Betfred Championship returns to action.

Last week, Featherstone Rovers and Leigh Centurions advanced to the capital for their showdown at the end of the month but should the focus be entirely on those two for promotion?

Today marks the start of another seismic weekend of action in the race to Super League.

London Broncos vs Newcastle Thunder

The first match of the weekend funnily enough takes place in the capital as London Broncos host Newcastle Thunder. The Broncos finally got their first win last time out but could still have their work cut out. However, Newcastle have not travelled that well this season and their current form is not any better so it could be beyond them here.

Prediction: London Broncos 30-16 Newcastle Thunder
Kick-off time: Friday 19:45

Barrow Raiders vs Workington Town

An-all Cumbrian affair between Barrow and Workington. The Raiders are on a somewhat downward spiral whereas Town are still rock bottom and without a win. Barrow have nevertheless been playing some decent attacking rugby that should be too much for Workington to contend with. That said, this is a local rivalry, where anything is possible.

Prediction: Barrow Raiders 32-18 Workington Town
Kick-off time: Sunday 15:00

Bradford Bulls vs York City Knights

Now onto an all-Yorkshire clash between Bradford and York. Good news for the Bulls, they are currently averaging the highest attendance this season but support can only get you so far. The Bulls have their work cut out against an in-form York side, who should just have the edge to continue their surge towards the play-offs.

Prediction: Bradford Bulls 22-26 York City Knights
Kick-off: Sunday 15:00

Dewsbury Rams vs Featherstone Rovers

Two West Yorkshire clubs meet as the struggling Dewsbury Rams host 1895 Cup finalists and league leaders Featherstone Rovers. The Rams will be vast underdogs heading into this one whilst ‘Fev will be on cloud nine and going by the form they have shown all season, should make short work of Dewsbury once more.

Prediction: Dewsbury Rams 12-42 Featherstone Rovers
Kick-off: Sunday 15:00

Halifax Panthers vs Sheffield Eagles

Both Halifax and Sheffield are sides in some form and with only two points separating them in the table, it could go either way. However, ‘Fax do have some promising talent as well as a wealth of experience to choose from and being at home should help them to have enough to ensure another win.

Prediction: Halifax Panthers 28-16 Sheffield Eagles
Kick-off: Sunday 15:00

Widnes Vikings vs Whitehaven RLFC

Widnes Vikings host Cumbrian club Whitehaven elsewhere on Sunday. The Vikings have been on a downward spiral but should be slightly favoured for this one. They are still higher in the table after all and ‘Haven do have a long trip to contend with but should still make a good account of themselves regardless.

Prediction: Widnes Vikings 34-20 Whitehaven RLFC
Kick-off: Sunday 15:00

Batley Bulldogs vs Leigh Centurions

Back to Yorkshire as the plucky Batley Bulldogs go against former Super League side Leigh Centurions in this weekend’s televised game. The Bulldogs have shown to be tricky, especially at home under Craig Lingard and could well cause a stir. However, Leigh, being full-time and all, possess plenty of top level experience and should still have too much for the Bulldogs.

Prediction: Batley Bulldogs 20-32 Leigh Centurions
TV Coverage: Premier Sports Monday 19:15
Kick-off: Monday 19:45

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14 days ago

Batley won’t get 20.