Bradford Bulls vs Leeds Rhinos 11/05/19 Preview, Prediction & Team News

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Bradford Bulls vs Leeds Rhinos
Date: Saturday 11th May 2019
Kick Off: 14:30
Venue: Odsal Stadium (Leeds)
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Bradford Bulls vs Leeds Rhinos

The Bradford Bulls welcome the Leeds Rhinos in a match that rolls back the years and gives us all a nostalgic reminder of the early years of the Super League in this 6th round match up from the 2019 Challenge Cup and the great news for all rugby fans is that this game can be watched live on BBC 1.

Whilst this will give long term fans reminders of epic matches between 2 sides battling it out at the top of the British game, this match in 2019 sees a Bradford Bulls of the Championship face a Leeds Rhinos side in relegation trouble in the Super League.

Bradford are having a strong season and whilst they sit in 6th place in the league they are level on points with Leigh in 3rd, so they will have 1 eye on the league whilst Leeds are of course just 2 points ahead of London in the battle to avoid the Super League wooden spoon.

It will be fascinating to see how that affects both teams approach to this game but in front of what will be a big crowd at Odsal and with the bragging rights for fans so important in this local derby, this game is set up to be a must watch.

It will be fascinating to see how Leeds react to the midweek sacking of David Furner with former Wakefield head coach Richard Agar taking over for this one.

Form

Bradford have won 4 of their last 5 matches and at home they have won each of their last 5.

Leeds have won 3 of their last 5 but just 1 of their last 3. On the road they have lost each of their last 6.

Team News

Bradford make 2 changes to their squad with Jake Webster and Colton Roache returning in place of Evan Hodgson and Brandon Pickersgill.

Leeds welcome back Konrad Hurrell for the first time since Easter. He is joined in the Rhinos squad by Brad Dwyer, Ashton Golding and Callum McClelland. JJB, James Donaldson, Brad Singleton and Owen Trout make way.

Prediction

Although Bradford have the name and heritage and they have lots of players who come from full time backgrounds and a head coach who has been there and scene it all, they are still a mostly part-time team up against one of the top clubs in the world.

On the plus side for home fans is that this is a Leeds team lacking the quality of just a few years ago and a Leeds team who playing without confidence. When you coupe that with them been managerless and you have the potential for a shock result.

Leeds should still have the quality to go through to the next round and should have the fitness to withstand a Bradford onslaught but if Bradford can get a early lead and get the expected big crowd behind them, there could be a shock result in this one.

Score Prediction Leeds Rhinos by 8

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