18th April 2019, 13:56 | championship

Betfred Championship Preview

Betfred Championship Preview

By Conor Cockcroft

Good Friday sees all of the Championship sides competing in round 10 of the competition.

One of the day's biggest fixtures sees Sheffield Eagles host Toulouse Olympique in a battle for second spot. The French side hold the upper hand, and currently occupy second place. However, the Eagles sit just two points behind, and with a resilient defence, could prove tough competition for Toulouse.

Widnes Vikings have the opportunity to move off of the bottom of the table for the first time this season, should they beat visitors Leigh Centurions.

This outcome also depends on Rochdale Hornets losing, however, Widnes' great start to the season should give the side hope.

Leigh certainly won't be an easy team to beat nonetheless, winning five of their opening nine matches, sitting in fifth, just 6 points adrift of the top. With very similar statistics in terms of points scored and conceded, the game promises to be a great contest.

Rochdale could fall to the foot of the table should they lose and Widnes win. However their opponents, Swinton Lions, could too fall to the bottom of the table with a loss in the clash. Both teams have had poor starts to the season, picking up just two points each.

League leaders Toronto Wolfpack travel to strugglers Barrow Raiders, who have picked up only three points thus far this season. Barrow will be looking to avoid dropping down the table should either Swinton or Rochdale win, whilst Toronto will be hoping to add to their impressive start, winning eight of a possible nine matches.

Third place York City Knights too will be looking to continue their impressive form and compete for second spot, as they travel to Featherstone Rovers who sit mid table.

In a battle for 9th and avoiding a potential slip down the table, Dewsbury Rams host Batley Bulldogs as two teams looking to build on a slow start to the season come together.

The final fixture of the weekend sees Halifax host Bradford Bulls, two teams who have had good starts to the season. With both sides winning five of their opening nine matches, surrounding fixtures could see the victor move up the table.

In a round of fixtures in which many rely on other teams around them to move up and down the table, 2019’s Good Friday could be more exciting than ever for the Betfred Championship.