Championship Round 19: Score predictions, kick-off times and TV coverage

Approaching the business end of the season as the table is really taking shape, we’re entering another vital round of Championship rugby.

Though the RFL disciplinary panel has been really busy this week, with plenty of suspensions handed out, it should still be an interesting round of rugby but who will be the winners and losers?

Here’s our predictions:

Bradford Bulls vs London Broncos

Two of the very first Super League clubs go head-to-head in Bradford Bulls and London Broncos. The Bulls have home advantage not to mention experienced players but are struggling at the moment. Asking London for a win on the back of a trip all the way up North may be too insurmountable on this occasion. It may be the perfect fixture for Bradford to bounce back after the loss to Newcastle.

Prediction: Bradford Bulls 28-12 London Broncos
Kick-off time: Saturday 18:00

Sheffield Eagles vs Barrow Raiders

Down to South Yorkshire as Sheffield host Barrow. The Eagles’ form has been somewhat inconsistent this season, but with home advantage, they may produce something special. Barrow will be tricky opponents though, considering their status in the top six, and that is something they will want to cement in the coming weeks.

Prediction: Sheffield Eagles 22-28 Barrow Raiders
Kick-off time: Sunday 14:00

Dewsbury Rams vs Leigh Centurions

Only one winner here, right? Leigh Centurions, the firm favourites, away to Dewsbury Rams, on the verge of relegation. Dewsbury will want to cause a stir but up against a full-time side like Leigh, with all of their signings and experience it seems unlikely. You never know what could happen in this beautiful sport but considering Leigh’s form all season, even before kick-off, this match could be a matter of damage limitation.

Prediction: Dewsbury Rams 12-54 Leigh Centurions
Kick-off time: Sunday 15:00

Halifax Panthers vs Workington Town

A tricky week for Halifax but they should remain as favourites against bottom club Workington. With their home crowd behind them as well as being near the top of the table, the Panthers have more than enough motivation behind them to claim another win.

Workington may provide bouts of resistance but will inevitably fall even closer to a return to League 1.

Prediction: Halifax Panthers 34-16 Workington Town
Kick-off time: Sunday 15:00

Whitehaven RLFC vs Featherstone Rovers

A trip up to Cumbria as Whitehaven face Featherstone. Haven have had a difficult season and have been unable to emulate last year that took them all the way to the play-offs. Up against Featherstone, Haven will have it all to do. ‘Fev still have plenty of experience in their squad and should have enough to overcome this challenge.

Prediction: Whitehaven RLFC 16-36 Featherstone Rovers
Kick-off time: Sunday 15:00

Widnes Vikings vs Newcastle Thunder

Heading over to Cheshire as Widnes Vikings take on ‘expansion’ club Newcastle Thunder. Possibly a tricky game to call. Widnes, having had a strong start to the season, their year has now somewhat crumbled, whereas Newcastle’s form has been a bit inconsistent throughout 2022. This could go either way but Newcastle may still be full of confidence following their 50+ points scored last week and could carry that on into this week.

Prediction: Widnes Vikings 20-28 Newcastle Thunder
Kick-off time: Sunday 15:00

York City Knights vs Batley Bulldogs

Back over to Yorkshire for York against Batley. The toughest game to call over the weekend? Fourth against fifth, both level on 26 points, so certainly a mouth-watering contest to look at here. Both teams possess similar looking squads, a good mix of top level experience as well as youth. York may bounce back after last week, home advantage and all, but a Batley win would hardly be a surprise.

Prediction: York City Knights 28-24 Batley Bulldogs
Kick-off time: Monday 19:45
TV Details: Premier Sports 1 19:15

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