England vs Wales
England play host to Wales in this crucial third round match in the Guinness Six Nations. The home team are in second position with six points while the visitors are in fifth position with four points. Both teams have suffered one loss so far in the competition and another loss will see the loser out of the running for the title. England are fresh of a 33-0 drubbing of Italy in their last match and will take heart from the fact that their defence was never breached in 80 minutes.England have been in brilliant form at Twickenham and have won their last seven matches at their fortress.
TIP: England last had a home loss against Wales back in the 2012 season. England will again be pinning their hopes on young Marcus Smith as he has scored 30 of his team’s 53 points in this year’s competition. Wales bounced back after their first round loss with an excellent 20-17 win over Scotland in their last match. The defending champions face an uphill battle to keep their title defence alive as they visit Twickenham, a venue where they have enjoyed very little success. The bookies have England as favourites and I also tip them for the win. The best odds on this bet are as follows: Worldsportsbetting 1.14, Playabets 1.13 and Sunbet 1.11.
HEAD TO HEAD STATS
England vs Wales
- England have won three of the last five matches between these sides.
- England have won their last five home matches against Wales.
- Wales last won at Twickenham in 2012
Latest results for both teams
England won their last match against Italy 33-0 while Wales beat Scotland 20-17 in their last match.
The Wales team has been crippled with injury to key players none more so than the loss of their captain Alun Wyn Jones. The leadership of his replacement Dan Biggar will be fully tested at England’s home of rugby. Wales have a dismal away record winning just two of their last nine matches outside of Wales. They will need to improve this record or else they will be relinquishing their crown very early in the competition. England will again look to wonder kid Marcus smith to spark their attack. The home team will have too much firepower and I predict an England win by more than 15 points.
- Probable Starting XVs
England: 15 Freddie Steward, 14 Max Malins, 13 Henry Slade, 12 TBC, 11 Jack Nowell, 10 Marcus Smith, 9 Harry Randall, 8 Alex Dombrandt, 7 Tom Curry, 6 Courtney Lawes (c), 5 Maro Itoje, 4 Charlie Ewels, 3 Kyle Sinckler, 2 Luke Cowan-Dickie, 1 Ellis Genge
15 Liam Williams, 14 Alex Cuthbert, 13 Owen Watkin, 12 Nick Tompkins, 11 Josh Adams, 10 Dan Biggar (c), 9 Tomos Williams, 8 Taulupe Faletau, 7 Taine Basham, 6 Ross Moriarty, 5 Adam Beard, 4 Will Rowlands, 3 Tomas Francis, 2 Ryan Elias, 1 Wyn Jones
Odds for this bet
The best odds on the England victory are as follows:
Odds comparison on the England handicap :
The complete odds on the England handicap:
Worldsportsbetting (-13.5) 1.91
Sunbet (-13.5) 1.89
Playabets (-13.5) 1.81
Predictions and Odds in details
England will be playing their first home match of the tournament and will want nothing less than a bonus point win over Wales. It is only the third round of competition yet the loser will be out of the running of the competition. The short format of this competition ensures each match becomes like a final. There are poor odds on the England outright win therefore we suggest the home team on the handicap for better returns. The best odds on this bet are as follows: Worldsportsbetting (-13.5) 1.91, Sunbet (-13.5) 1.89 and Playabets (-13.5) 1.81
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