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2017 Six Nations match betting preview

2017 Six Nations match betting preview

England continued their long winning streak by winning their opening Six Nations match last weekend, but they will have to be much better if they are going to prevail against old rivals Wales on Saturday.
Elsewhere this weekend, Ireland travel to Italy and France host Scotland. Keep reading for our Six Nations match betting preview.

England the rugby betting favourites for a 16th straight win

Even though they were far from convincing, England continued their superb run of victories at Twickenham last week, eventually beating France 19-16. It was England’s 15th straight win and they face a tough task to make it 16 in a row as they travel to Cardiff to face Wales.
England captain Dylan Hartley admitted his team had been below par in their narrow win: “We got through that one and a huge amount of credit needs to go to our finishers today. Ben Te’o and James Haskell gave us some go-forward at the end there.
“Week one of the tournament we’ll take that win, but there’s plenty to work on. It keeps us grounded, keeps us ready for next week and we’ll have to be a lot better to prepare for Wales.”
England go into the match with major problems in their back row. Billy Vunipola, George Kruis and Chris Robshaw have all been ruled out of the Six Nations with long-term injury problems and so Eddie Jones may be forced to field a back row with just four Test caps between them.
Jack Clifford is poised to start in place of the injured Tom Wood and he will play alongside Nathan Hughes and Maro Itoje. Exeter’s Jack Nowell is expected to replace Jonny May on the wing.
Wales have been boosted by the news that number eight Taulupe Faletau is available for Saturday’s match and they looked excellent in the second half of their 33-7 win in Italy.
England have won four of the last five matches between the sides including a win in their last match in Cardiff. However, these ties have been close and so the value looks with backing the home side with a five point start at 10/11.

Ireland value in the betting to bounce back from defeat

A terrific match at Murrayfield saw Ireland‘s brave fightback prove not quite enough as they went down 27-22 to Scotland. The Irish need to win their remaining four matches to have a chance of winning this season’s Six Nations and they can start with a win in Italy.
The Azzurri lost 33-7 in their opening match but Ireland defensive coach Andy Farrell believes it will be a tough match. He said: “We need to enjoy our defence this weekend against Italy, we need to get the ball back because if we don’t, the Italians are going to be hard work for us.
“It’s a tough old match over there and we’ve seen plenty of games where teams have come unstuck so you have to be at your best in this championship against absolutely everyone.”
Ireland have no new injury worries ahead of the game and could welcome back Jonny Sexton after injury. The away side should win this but Italy could keep it respectable. Back the home side with a 22 point start at 10/11.
It’s been 18 years since Scotland last won in Paris but after beating France at home in last year’s Six Nations they go to Paris with confidence, especially after beating Ireland last Saturday.
“It is a long time ago since we won there but we understand there is a reason for that,” said Scotland captain Greig Laidlaw.
“France are a good team and it is a hard place to win. We are under no illusions this week – we need to be on top form to get something out of the game. We’ll need accuracy and we need to be physical and aggressive because the French are big men. But we need to be subtle and clever in our attack.”
France have not finished in the top half of the Six Nations since 2011, but were impressive in narrow defeats by New Zealand and Australia in the autumn, and came close to a victory against England at Twickenham last weekend. This could go either way but Scotland’s record in Paris is poor and the home side can win this by more than 6 points at 10/11.

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