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

The Betfred Championship returns for a ninth round of action. It is time to lay off the Easter eggs and return our attention to one of the most compelling competitions around which will soon intensify.

Set to be another round of great action culminating in a massive TV game, who will be the winners and losers this week?

We’re answering that with our predictions for this week’s Championship fixtures.

Sheffield Eagles vs Newcastle Thunder

Surprising play-off contenders Sheffield Eagles open things up against Super League chasers Newcastle Thunder. However, going by their early form, Newcastle’s quest for the top flight is proving to be more difficult every week. They struggled over Easter whereas Sheffield secured a big win against London and with the Eagles having home advantage, they should start as favourites for another win here.

Prediction: Sheffield Eagles 30-18 Newcastle Thunder
Kick-off time: Friday 19:45

Dewsbury Rams vs Workington Town

Is this finally the time Workington get off the mark? Against fellow strugglers Dewsbury, it is more than possible. An obvious relegation four pointer, both teams are desperate for a win to gain some sort of confidence, let alone inch closer to survival. Looking at the stats, both clubs have endured very similar results and there is not much between them in the table, but the Rams, being at home, should have enough to pile more misery on the Cumbrian side.

Prediction: Dewsbury Rams 24-16 Workington Town
Kick-off time: Sunday 15:00

Halifax Panthers vs Barrow Raiders

An interesting clash as the inconsistent Halifax Panthers host play-off chasing Barrow Raiders. ‘Fax picked up a dramatic win at Bradford last time out so that may fill them with some vital confidence going into this fixture. Not forgetting their half-backs as well as a good mix of youth and experience in the forward pack, they may finally kick-start their season properly. Barrow, who are on a somewhat downward spiral, are missing key players in certain places through injury and suspension and the long trip down from Cumbria adding to difficulties that could see them undone on this occasion.

Prediction: Halifax Panthers 28-16 Barrow Raiders
Kick-off time: Sunday 15:00

Leigh Centurions vs London Broncos

One former Super League side desperate for another shot at the big time against another looking for some redemption and confidence. Leigh Centurions should be red hot favourites for this match possessing full-time experience from both sides of the world, not to mention their home advantage. London Broncos have shown some promise in recent weeks but are still struggling as a club and the home side will no doubt show them no mercy.

Prediction: Leigh Centurions 46-12 London Broncos
Kick-off: Sunday 15:00

Widnes Vikings vs Batley Bulldogs

Only one point between them, Widnes Vikings’ home match with Batley Bulldogs should be mouth-watering. The Vikings started the season superbly but have somewhat plummeted in recent weeks, though have produced some exciting stuff regardless. The Bulldogs meanwhile, though have not shown much consistency, have caused trouble when most least expect them to, just ask Featherstone, and are easily capable of humbling the home side here.

Prediction: Widnes Vikings 22-28 Batley Bulldogs
Kick-off: Sunday 15:00

York City Knights vs Whitehaven RLFC

York City Knights host Whitehaven RLFC. The Knights have been in red hot form, weathering Newcastle Thunder over Easter has helped them up to third place so there is no reason why their form cannot continue here. Whitehaven have been unable to live up to the dizzy heights of last season and though the prospect of a tough trip may motivate them somewhat, the Knights’ current form should see them overwhelm Whitehaven on this occasion.

Prediction: York City Knights 34-18 Whitehaven RLFC
Kick-off time: Sunday 15:00

Bradford Bulls vs Featherstone Rovers

Two fierce rivals are all set to try and impress Emma Jones and company on Premier Sports this Monday night as the Bradford Bulls host Featherstone Rovers. The Bulls have struggled this season and their loss against Halifax would have been tough to take too. Up against the league leaders as well, who have just signed star half-back Jonathan Ford, there can only be one winner, right?

Prediction: Bradford Bulls 12-32 Featherstone Rovers
Kick-off time and TV coverage: TV coverage starts on Premier Sports at 7:15pm and the game kicks off at 7:45pm

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