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Salford Red Devils face Broncos with Super League future in their hands

Salford Red Devils can take another massive step toward retaining their Super League status if they beat London Broncos at home on Saturday.

Before kick-off there are two fantastic community matches to look forward to.

The Army take on the Navy in an 11am academy match at Salford City Roosters’ Moat Hall ground in Eccles, before a 12.45pm kick off at the AJ Bell Stadium for the senior side.

Armed Forces elite: Find out more and get ticket info here

After the rollercoaster ride that has been the Super 8 qualifiers so far, Ian Watson’s men put to bed all the doubters, cynics and opposing fans revelling in schadenfreude with a comprehensive 70-16 thrashing of Featherstone Rovers last week.

While the win came against a team just happy to have a sniff of Super League success, it was a breakthrough performance to boost fans’ optimism about The Red Devils’ survival.

It’s come at an opportune time for the city’s oldest and most venerated sports club.

As far as tomorrow’s opponents are concerned, London have had a good record against Championship opposition, having beat Batley Bulldogs 76-16 and pushing Leigh Centurions very close in a 34-30 thriller at Leigh Sports Village, but have struggled to gather any sort of momentum against top-tier opposition.

David Hughes’ men haven’t turned over the three Super League teams they’ve faced so far this year, with the only close game coming at home to Leeds Rhinos.

They’ll also have to win their last two games to qualify for the Million Pound Game, which realistically speaking they would probably lose to either Hull KR or Huddersfield should they beat Salford.

It’s sure to be a cracker, as the Broncos have nothing to lose, but the Devils have everything on the line.

Salford Red Devils (from): Burgess, Dobson, Evalds, Flanagan, G Griffin, J Griffin, Hauraki, Johnson, Jones, Kopczak, Krasniqi, Lannon, Lui, Murdoch-Masila O’Brien, Sa’u, Tomkins, Vidot, Walne,

London Broncos (from): Ackers, Adebiyi, Barthau, Battye, Bussey, Cunningham, Eliab, Garside, Harrison, Hellewell, Ioane, Kear, Leatherbarrow, Offerdahl, Pearce-Paul, Slyney, Soward, Thackray, Williams

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Oliver is an aspiring young journalist currently studying at Salford University. He covers non league football and local politics for multiple outlets.