Championship Round 12: Score predictions, kick-off times and TV coverage

Just one more week before four of our rugby league clubs descend on the capital for the two cup finals but who will head into the all-important weekend on a winning note?

Both Featherstone and Leigh will want to maintain their momentum in the battle for top spot whilst there’s plenty of other stories to line this weekend’s Championship action.

But which teams will win this weekend?

Featherstone Rovers vs Whitehaven RLFC

One of the 1895 Cup finalists kick start the weekend as Featherstone Rovers host Whitehaven.‘Fev have named a strong squad and though they may have an eye on retaining their Cup, will surely want to keep their top form going and keep up their unbeaten run. As for ‘Haven, they are enduring a tougher season than last and the prospect of a long trip down from Cumbria to face the team to beat, it would surely be a tough one for them.

Prediction: Featherstone Rovers 42-12 Whitehaven RLFC
Kick-off: Saturday 17:30

Bradford Bulls vs Newcastle Thunder

Two teams with an outside chance of the play-offs in Bradford Bulls and Newcastle Thunder meet. The Bulls have a strong squad available, but their form has not been too consistent but then again neither have Newcastle. It could be down to the half-backs and the Bulls could have the edge going by their previous Super League experience, not to mention having home advantage, but it could go either way.

Prediction: Bradford Bulls 26-22 Newcastle Thunder
Kick-off: Saturday 18:00

Batley Bulldogs vs London Broncos

A third match in West Yorkshire as Batley Bulldogs hope to bounce back against London Broncos. The Bulldogs had a miserable outing against Leigh last time out but having the likes of Alistair Leak alongside Tom Gilmore and Ben White still provide them with plenty of attacking options. The Broncos have had a tough season so far and are still finding their feat given their off-field worries and on the day. It should be too much of an uphill struggle at the Fox Biscuit’s stadium on this occasion.

Batley Bulldogs 36-12 London Broncos
Kick-off: Sunday 15:00

Dewsbury Rams vs Barrow Raiders

Dewsbury Rams will be hoping for a crucial win to pull away from relegation against the play-off chasing Barrow Raiders. The Rams have pivots available in Dom Speakman, Matty Beharrell and Paul Sykes and all could prove to be a threat. Barrow have been out of sorts recently after such a strong start to the season, although a win against Workington last time may have supplied them with confidence and should Jarrod Sammut have his way, they could easily sneak a win.

Prediction: Dewsbury Rams 20-24 Barrow Raiders
Kick-off: Sunday 15:00

Leigh Centurions vs Workington Town

In red hot form Leigh Centurions host against Workington Town. Is this a matter of damage limitation? The Centurions have a strong side available, with Caleb Aekins, Ben Reynolds and Joe Mellor to lead by example. Workington may produce bouts of resistance but the inevitable should befall them as it does most sides when facing Leigh.

Prediction: Leigh Centurions 52-6 Workington Town
Kick-off: Sunday 15:00

York City Knights vs Halifax Panthers

A highly interesting affair as two top four clubs go head-to-head in York and Halifax. The Knights have Matty Marsh, Liam Harris and Jamie Ellis available, not forgetting further players such as Chris Clarkson and Danny Kirmond in the pack. ‘Fax still boast internationals such as James Saltonstall and James Woodburn-Hall in the side, plus Cory Aston and Joe Keyes at half-back. So, it could prove to be an interesting battle. A very close one to call but York, being at home, could just edge it.

Prediction: York City Knights 28-24 Halifax Panthers
Kick-off: Sunday 15:00

Sheffield Eagles vs Widnes Vikings

At the new and improved Olympic Legacy Park, Sheffield Eagles host Widnes Vikings. Both level on points and hopeful for some form, this match could be well and truly feisty, with Sheffield aiming to impress in familiar surroundings. Widnes were out of sorts until last week and having built some momentum will want to maintain that here in front of the TV cameras.

Prediction: Sheffield Eagles 26-18 Widnes Vikings
Kick-off and TV coverage: Monday 19:45 TV coverage starts on Premier Sports 1 at 19:15

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