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Friday, 16 November, 2018

London can capitalise on big start at Widnes

Broncos look better than Qualifiers results suggest

London Broncos can keep it close
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The Qualifiers
Sky Sports Arena, 3.15pm Saturday

A quick glance at the Betfred Super League Qualifiers table would suggest London's campaign has been disappointing with just one win in five matches, but the league ladder really doesn't tell the full story.

The Broncos have been much better than their results suggest.

Warrington and Hull KR, who have already won a place in the top flight for 2018, were pushed to the limit by London before getting home 40-38 and 35-30 respectively.

The Broncos also put up a battle against Catalans in the south of France before losing 20-18, so a trip to Widnes should hold no fears.

The Vikings lost at Hull KR seven days ago and are now under huge pressure as they look to preserve their Super League status.

Defeat would leave them facing the prospect of participating in the Million Pound Game, the 80-minute shootout for the final place in next year's top division.

Coach Denis Betts claimed this week that none of London's players would get into his team but the Widnes boss has plenty of injury problems to worry about.

Chris Dean and Corey Thompson suffered knocks in the loss at Craven Park and join Rhys Hanbury, Chris Bridge and Patrick Ah Van on the sidelines.

Broncos boss Andrew Henderson has no such worries as his team look to build on last weekend's 36-14 victory over Halifax.

It's surprising to see the hosts quoted at 1-5 to pick up a priceless win and backing the Broncos with a 16-point start on the handicap is an appealing proposition based on their performances over the past six weeks.

Only Warrington average more points per game in the Qualifiers than London so a punt on the "overs" on the Broncos points can be considered when prices become available.

The visitors will have no worries over the artificial pitch at the Halton Stadium. They play on a similar surface in Ealing.

London +16
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Warrington and Hull KR, who have already won a place in the top flight for 2018, were pushed to the limit by London
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