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2020 Six Nations Betting
2020 Six Nations Betting Tips | Saturday 7th February
16:45 – Scotland v England Betting Tips: It Is Not Going To Be A Walk In The Park For Jones’ Side In Six Nations at Murrayfield
England were defeated in their Six Nations opener in France, and they will now face a difficult away trip to Murrayfield on Saturday afternoon.
England keen to bounce back after France blow
England’s Six Nations campaign is already at risk of derailing after Eddie Jones side were defeated in the opening round in Paris. The performance, especially in the first half, was below standards as the English side were trailing 17-0 at the end of the first fraction. The World Cup finalists did improve in the second half, but that was too little too late, and now they will have to face a difficult trip up north to take on fierce rivals Scotland.
The last time England was scoreless in the first half of a Six Nations match was back in 1988. Jones’ men were clearly punished by a vibrant French side. Jonny May’s two individual tries did reduce the gap but couldn’t cover up what was overall a disappointing performance all-round.
England manager will make five changes for this weekend’s clash at Murrayfield with Willi Heinz that will replace Ben Youngs.
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Scotland also defeated but showing clear improvements
Scotland, who had a very poor World Cup campaign, will try to make the most of this Six Nations having to do it without Finn Russell who has been disciplined. The Scots are therefore playing without too much pressure and with low expectations, but last weekend narrow defeat in Ireland (19-12) was seen as a positive step forward for the team.
In recent times we have seen too many times Scotland falling apart in away games, but that didn’t happen this time with Gregor Townsend’s men who did well in Ireland. Scotland had several opportunities to score but will need to be more clinical if they want to cause serious issues to a wounded England.
Townsend was clearly pleased with what he saw and will make only one change to the team that played in Dublin. Edinburgh flanker Magnus Bradbury will replace Nick Haining.
Scotland will be trying to keep the Calcutta Cup for the third time in a row after avoiding the defeat in their last two matches against England. Last season they fought back from 31-0 down at Twickenham to finish with an impressive 38-38 draw. Two years ago the Scots defeated England at home, for 25-13. Overall, England have won only three of their last seven visits to Murrayfield and were beaten by Scotland the last time they crossed the northern border.
Considering what said, England to win are far too short at 1/3 as the favourites could slip up again. We expect them to produce a reaction after their disappointing display in Paris, but they have clearly shown some weaknesses that might be further exposed by Scotland. Storm Ciara could do the rest with strong winds predicted in Edinburgh on Saturday.
England have a winning record of only 42% in their trips to Scotland, and this is historically a tricky fixture for them. In six of their last seven matches at Murrayfield, Scotland has never lost by more than seven points. Considering that, and adding the doubts on England’s form, Scotland should be backed with the handicap advantage of 7 points. Eventually, the hosts might just fall short of victory but have what it takes to keep this one close.
Our Verdict: Scotland +7.0 Points To Win Vs England
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Round One Review: England still favourites despite defeat to France
Despite the defeat in France, Eddie Jones’ men are still considered by bookmakers to be the favourite to win the Six Nations. Many, however, are now backing France and it is not surprising why. Chances of a Grand Slam now look very slim for any sides.
England are 9/4 to win the Six Nations after losing the first round of the 2020 tournament to France last Sunday. As you can see below, we predicted that the Red Rose might struggle in this match, and that was proven as they were defeated 24-17 in Paris.
Lots of work is now left for coach Eddie Jones if England will want to top the table at the end of the tournament for the first time since winning in 2017.
This result has opened up the outright market with France that are now as short as 5/2 to win the tournament. From the odds, you can see that the prospect of any team winning 100% of their matches has slimmed further and now it is available at 4/9. As we mentioned below, this is likely going to be an open affair, and even more so after the first round results.
Next for England is Scotland at Murrayfield on Saturday. The Scots played a good game but eventually were defeated 19-12 in Dublin by Ireland that are now available at 3/1 to win.
Defending champions Wales are available at 11/4 and looks the best bet to go all the way after hammering 42-0 Italy in Cardiff. The Welsh will take on Ireland at home in round two for an intriguing affair.
The Welsh showed against a modest opponent that they didn’t have any World Cup hangover. That was also the first match after the departure of coach Warren Gatland. Winger Josh Adams is now only 5/4 to be the try scorer of the tournament after running in a hat-trick against Italy.
Overall we are sticking with Ireland to win the Six Nations pre-season tip after round one.
Our Verdict After Round One: Ireland To Win Six Nations
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2020 Six Nations Betting Outright Tips
England have to forget the World Cup
Looking at the betting market, we can see that England are the strong favourite to win this year’s Six Nations. You can back Eddie Jones’ men at 5/6 to win this tournament, but there are several risks in doing so.
The disappointing World Cup defeat is just a few months fresh, and it could still affect England’s ability to perform in what is, effectively, a secondary tournament compared to that hight. In addition to that, Jones will have to regroup the team who has been shaken by Saracens’ relegation due to breaking the Premiership salary cap. The whole situation can create an additional distraction to the team.
Another potential issue at backing the Three Lions at such a short price, is that the schedule hasn’t been kind with them. The opener in France is a difficult hurdle to overcome, and victory in Paris cannot be taken for granted. A game in Scotland will follow in the second round. Those are two difficult away matches and the loss of number eight Billy Vunipola with a broken arm is adding more concerns.
Ireland can do well under Farrell
Andy Farrell is the new Irish head coach, replacing Joe Schmidt. After a disappointing 2019 World Cup, Ireland will be keen to reclaim the title they won two years ago with a Six Nations Grand Slam. Farrell will know the players well as he was working as the team’s defence coach and that will ensure the continuity, so we expect Ireland to make a quick start under him.
It goes without saying that last year’s performances haven’t been good enough, but let’s not forget that Ireland have won three Six Nations title in the last six years and are the most successful team in recent history.
Ireland’s opportunities are boosted by a favourable start to the competition with home games against Scotland and Wales. We have seen that the momentum in this competition is very important and a good start could give them confidence especially considering that others top teams are likely to struggle in the opening two rounds, as we have seen with England and France.
Pivac might struggle to defend the title
There have been also changes in Wales with Warren Gatland that left the team after 12 years. He has been replaced by Wayne Pivac who will have the difficult task of defending the Six Nations title won last year by his compatriot. Wales also managed to reach the World Cup semi-final in Japan, but there are no guarantees that Wales will be able to go as strong this season.
Pivac is going all-in with emerging talents like wing Louis Rees-Zammit who has had a great season for Gloucester. This 18-year-old has scored a hat-trick against Northampton and has also scored 10 tries for Gloucester this season. The first match is generous at home against Italy with the teenager that looks a tempting each-way bet at 33/1 to be the top tournament tryscorer.
France is always unpredictable
New management also for France as Falbian Galthie has been promoted to replace Jacques Brunel. Galthie has decided to focus on youth with talented yet inexperienced players being selected for this Six Nations tournament. Charles Ollivon has been named captain of a team that has an average age of just 24.
Difficult to say if France will be able to deliver that consistency required to win a title like the Six Nations, but surely this team has what it takes to cause trouble to the favourites nations. This looks a very open tournament so might be worth backing that no team will win the Grande Slam which is at 1/1.
England, Wales and Ireland they all have very difficult away matches and have some weaknesses, so possibly no-one will be able to win all the five matches.
Scotland to struggle
It has been a dreadful 2019 for Scotland who was eliminated in the pool stage at the World Cup. Finn Russell’s absence hasn’t helped the work of head coach Gregor Townsend. The world class playmaker will not be considered for the first match as it has been disciplined after a prolonged drinking session. It is very difficult to see how Scotland can achieve success without him, and they look set for another disappointing Six Nations campaign.
Due to Italy being in the tournament, it is unlikely they will finish at the bottom, and they will try to improve on last year’s poor run. Stuart Hogg will be the captain of the squad which is lacking in talents.
All considered, Ireland looks the best bet in the outright market, but we do not think they will be capable of repeating their 2018 Grand Slam effort.