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24-25 Apr: The Betfred Championship Match Thread


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Discuss this weekend's Betfred Championship games here.

SATURDAY 24th APRIL
London Broncos v Oldham KO 14:00
Batley Bulldogs v Widnes Vikings KO 16:00

SUNDAY 25th APRIL
Swinton Lions v York City Knights KO 12:45
Featherstone Rovers v Whitehaven KO 15:00
Halifax Panthers v Toulouse Olympique KO 15:00
Newcastle Thunder v Sheffield Eagles KO 15:00
Bradford Bulls v Dewsbury Rams KO 19:30

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I should give up predictions as unlike SL it is hard to pick winners outside top 2. But here goes:

Broncos- Should have enough against Oldham to get going.

Batley- Widnes look dire and Batley's pitch will suit them.

York- Battle of two pointless teams. Think they will have just enough against a well drilled Lions team.

Fev

Toulouse 

Eagles- Keep up their momentum and early season playoff push.

Bulls- Depends which side shows up.

 

After this week means only Swinton will be pointless and a whole host of teams will think they are legitimate playoff contenders whilst Widnes find themselves in a fight with Thunder, Older, Swinton and Whitehaven at the foot of the table. 

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London Broncos
Batley Bulldogs - think they might be this year's surprise team

York City Knights - looking to bounce back after Sheffield loss
Featherstone Rovers - should be too strong for Haven
Toulouse Olympique - look potential title contenders if they keep their form
Sheffield Eagles - always a good side, not sure how Newcastle will fare this season
Dewsbury Rams - yes its my team, but think they'll be a difficult team to beat this year

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Pretty much expecting everything to go with form or quality.

London to get off the mark against Oldham with a big win.

Batley to have too much for Widnes.

Swinton to sneak a win against York.

Fev easy win against Haven.

Toulouse easy win against Fax.

Sheffield maybe by about 10-16 points against Newcastle.

Dewsbury to beat the Bulls but in a tight one.

 

 

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Oldham refuse to travel to London because two other clubs have been excused the journey and it's so unfair!

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2 hours ago, John Drake said:

Discuss this weekend's Betfred Championship games here.

SATURDAY 24th APRIL
London Broncos v Oldham KO 14:00
Batley Bulldogs v Widnes Vikings KO 16:00

SUNDAY 25th APRIL
Swinton Lions v York City Knights KO 12:45
Featherstone Rovers v Whitehaven KO 15:00
Halifax Panthers v Toulouse Olympique KO 15:00
Newcastle Thunder v Sheffield Eagles KO 15:00
Bradford Bulls v Dewsbury Rams KO 19:30

London 

Batley

York

Haven

Toulouse 

Newcastle 

Bulls

 

 

 

 

 

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SATURDAY 24th APRIL
London Broncos v Oldham KO 14:00
Batley Bulldogs v Widnes Vikings KO 16:00

SUNDAY 25th APRIL
Swinton Lions v York City Knights KO 12:45
Featherstone Rovers v Whitehaven KO 15:00
Halifax Panthers v Toulouse Olympique KO 15:00
Newcastle Thunder v Sheffield Eagles KO 15:00
Bradford Bulls v Dewsbury Rams KO 19:30

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8 minutes ago, gittinsfan said:

Everybody tipping a Batley win over Widnes.How times have changed.

Batley at home is never an easy task, and not many away teams I'd put down as a win.

They've started this season brightly.

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4 minutes ago, Chris Taylor said:

Batley at home is never an easy task, and not many away teams I'd put down as a win.

They've started this season brightly.

Agreed,although I was thinking more of the fall of Widnes than the rise of Batley.

You are right though,things are looking very good for Batley this season.

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11 hours ago, gittinsfan said:

Everybody tipping a Batley win over Widnes.How times have changed.

I don't know if I'd predict them winning this one, but I've watched a couple of their full matches and highlights of the rest this year and have been impressed by Batley.

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On 20/04/2021 at 15:06, John Drake said:

SATURDAY 24th APRIL
London Broncos v Oldham KO 14:00 (London would struggle to beat Skolars at the moment)
Batley Bulldogs v Widnes Vikings KO 16:00

SUNDAY 25th APRIL
Swinton Lions v York City Knights KO 12:45
Featherstone Rovers v Whitehaven KO 15:00
Halifax Panthers v Toulouse Olympique KO 15:00
Newcastle Thunder v Sheffield Eagles KO 15:00
Bradford Bulls v Dewsbury Rams KO 19:30

 

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15 hours ago, gittinsfan said:

Agreed,although I was thinking more of the fall of Widnes than the rise of Batley.

You are right though,things are looking very good for Batley this season.

Think the Championship is going to be even more competitive this season. Fev and Toulouse look frontrunners but reckon the rest could all beat each other on a good day.

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4 hours ago, Wakefield Ram said:

Think the Championship is going to be even more competitive this season. Fev and Toulouse look frontrunners but reckon the rest could all beat each other on a good day.

Totally agree with this, the test will come later in the season when injuries start to pile up, some clubs will be better placed with depth, or have the finance to bring in reinforcements, others may end up doing it tough.

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17 hours ago, Oldbear said:

Totally agree with this, the test will come later in the season when injuries start to pile up, some clubs will be better placed with depth, or have the finance to bring in reinforcements, others may end up doing it tough.

Toulouse are already stretched as their injury list got longer this week. 

Building a team of experienced players also means that they are no spring chickens ! 

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20 hours ago, Oldbear said:

Totally agree with this, the test will come later in the season when injuries start to pile up, some clubs will be better placed with depth, or have the finance to bring in reinforcements, others may end up doing it tough.

Becomes a balancing act. If club are still in a playoff hunt and can strengthen we will see finances come into play. Its why I expect Thunder to get stronger as season goes on. 

 

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