22nd April 2019, 09:49 | championship

Betfred Championship preview

Betfred Championship preview

By Conor Cockcroft

Good Friday’s fixtures promised plenty of excitement, and did not disappoint.

Bank Holiday Monday is no different. Widnes Vikings featured prominently in the day, and have the chance to move further up the table on Monday. However, they face tough competition as they travel to fourth place York City Knights, who will be looking to make up ground they lost on the top three after a disappointing defeat on Friday.

Widnes’ progression is dependent on Barrow Raiders losing, and they face a tough ask as they travel to Bradford Bulls.

The Bulls’ impressive display on Friday moved them up to fifth, and if York lose to Widnes and the Bulls are victorious, they could move up to fourth place and close the gap on the top three.

Toulouse Olympique’s loss on Friday means they lost ground on league leaders Toronto Wolfpack, and the teams below them closed the gap. A win is the only way to secure they maintain second spot, and they face Halifax, who will be looking to build up some consistency.

Sheffield Eagles are a team in form, moving joint second with a game in hand after Friday’s win. They travel to Rochdale Hornets, who will be desperate to pick up points after moving to the foot of the table after defeat to Swinton Lions. Victory for the Hornets could see them move from the bottom, however this depends on surrounding results.

League leaders Toronto travel to Featherstone Rovers, who will be looking to build on their impressive Good Friday win against in form side York City Knights. Rovers will be feeling good and looking to push into the top five, however Toronto have lost just once this season, and will be looking to extend their lead further.

Batley Bulldogs host Swinton Lions, in a fixture which sees two teams struggling thus far, battling to build a gap between themselves and the foot of the table. The Bulldogs have the advantage sitting on six points, but Swinton’s much needed win which came on Friday, keeping them from falling to bottom spot, may be enough to spur them on for this tough fixture.

Leigh Centurions suffered defeat on Good Friday to Widnes, resulting in them dropping out of the top six. They host strugglers Dewsbury Rams, who on five points, will be looking for victory to ensure they don’t slip further down the table.