England vs Scotland
England welcomes Scotland to Twickenham with a new boss Steve Borthwick in charge following the departure of Eddie Jones. The home team will be desperate to start his tenure with a win but that won’t be easy against a strong Scottish side who will be in confident mood as they have only lost once to England in the last five meetings. The hosts will be looking to put behind them last season’s disappointing campaign where they finished in third place. They were level on points with Scotland who finished fourth due to a poor points differential. The visitors have recalled maverick flyhalf Finn Russell and he will again hold the key to their attack.
TIP: Borthwick will want to instil the believe and passion that saw him take Leicester Tigers to the Premiership title and he has already showed his hand by not selecting powerhouse centre Manu Tuilagi. The centre has been a constant in the England team for the past decade and his snub could be a masterstroke or a disaster. Scotland have a dynamic midfield duo in Glasgow pair Huw Jones and Sione Tuipulotu and will no doubt test the England midfielders. The bookies have England as favourites but I’m tipping Scotland for the upset win. The best odds on this bet are as follows: Playabets 4.35, Gbets 4.30 and Betway 4.30
HEAD TO HEAD STATS
England vs Scotland
- England have only won one of the last five matches against Scotland.
- Scotland have won the last two matches against England.
Latest results for both teams
England lost 27-13 to the Springboks in the last match while Scotland beat Argentina 52-29 in their last match.
The match will be full of personal match ups but none more mouthwatering than the battle of Europe’s two premier attacking flyhalves in Marcus Smith and Finn Russell. England have persisted with Smith at 10 and Owen Farrell at 12 although it has never really been a success. The visitors will again look to their explosive back three to give them the attacking edge, with the aerial battle between Stuart Hogg and Freddie Steward worth the admission fee alone. The England scrum has been under pressure for a while and Scotland will look to exploit this supposed weakness. We are predicting a close 2 point win for the Scots
Probable Starting XVs
15 Freddie Steward, 14 Max Malins, 13 Joe Marchant, 12 Owen Farrell (c), 11 Ollie Hassell-Collins, 10 Marcus Smith, 9 Jack van Poortvliet, 8 Alex Dombrandt, 7 Ben Curry, 6 Lewis Ludlam, 5 Ollie Chessum, 4 Maro Itoje, 3 Kyle Sinckler, 2 Jamie George, 1 Ellis Genge
15 Stuart Hogg, 14 Kyle Steyn, 13 Huw Jones, 12 Sione Tuipulotu, 11 Duhan van der Merwe, 10 Finn Russell, 9 Ben White, 8 Matt Fagerson, 7 Luke Crosbie, 6 Jamie Ritchie (c), 5 Grant Gilchrist, 4 Richie Gray, 3 WP Nel, 2 George Turner, 1 Pierre Schoeman
Odds for this bet
The best odds on the Scotland victory are as follows:
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Predictions and Odds in details
There are excellent returns on the Scotland upset win but if looking for a safer bet, then I suggest the visitors on the handicap. The best odds on this bet are as follows: Playabets 1.90(+6.5), Gbets 1.91(+6.5) and Betway 1.90(+6.5)
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