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London Broncos vs Wakefield Trinity
The London Broncos welcome Wakefield Trinity to the nation’s capital on their return to Super League in what looks a fascinating match up to open the 2019 season for both teams.
The Broncos shocked everyone last season, including themselves, as they went over to Canada and gained promotion in the ‘Million Pound Game’ and whilst they have recruited over the off season, they have given those players who gained a promotion a chance to show their worth.
Wakefield are a team who are certainly better as squad than individually and they are surly a club the Broncos will look at for inspiration.
Despite spending less than everyone else and having a dilapidated ground, Trin have been able to mix it towards the top of the table over the past couple of years and with some shrewd recruitment and by bringing through their own talent, they now are a team that everyone knows are capable of winning on their day no mater who they are playing.
If Wakefield are to continue their resurgence under Chris Chester, this is exactly the sort of the game they need to be winning whilst the Broncos will also likely target this a s a game, especially at home, that they will need to win if they are to keep clear of the drop.
The Broncos welcome 5 new faces into their first matchday squad with Luke Yates, Ryan Morgan, Nathan Mason, Greg Richards & Matty Fozard all named and set to feature.
Wakefield bring in 3 new signings headlined by the returning Danny Brough who is joined by Craig Kopczak and Toby King.
As with all first round matches this game is hugely difficult to predict but perhaps more so than some as the Broncos are a somewhat unknown factor going into the new season.
They gained promotion by been better than the sum of their parts with Danny Ward creating a great atmosphere down in the capital that has allowed a team full of youngsters and journeymen to make it back into the top flight for the first time since 2014.
Over the off season they have recruited in the same way and with a lack of real star power, they will be relying on their team work and never say die attitude once again.
Much of those attributes can also be said about Wakey but in the likes of Bill Tupou and Tom Johnstone, they have game changers and match winners and it is that extra touch of quality where we feel the game will change, in the favour of the away side in a match we expect to be close throughout.
Score Prediction Wakefield Trinity by 8