Thu, Feb 22, 10:01am by Staff Writer
At this stage of the tournament only England and Ireland are unbeaten and remain on course for a potential Grand Slam decider on St Patrick’s Day at Twickenham. They both face two more games before that though and must be wary of any slipups.
France v Italy, Saturday 24th February 2018, 7am (AEDT)
Both of these sides are winless heading into this game, making it a potential wooden spoon decider. France started the tournament well enough as they only lost to Ireland in the dying stages of their first match. That score line, however, masked the issues as they fell apart against Scotland the following lead. Surrendering a six-point half time lead, France’s trip to Edinburgh only got worse with several players pulled off the plane after a night out. This is a must win for France at $1.07.
Italy have suffered two defeats in a row to favourites England and Ireland. That will mean nothing when they take on France, a side that they historically raise their game for. Led from the front by Sergio Parisse, Italy are beginning to improve but are up against it priced at $8.50.
Bet of the Match – France to Win by 1-12 points at $3.40
Ireland v Wales, Sunday 25th February 2018, 1.15am (AEDT)
The loss of centre Robbie Henshaw to injury could threaten to derail Ireland’s Six Nations bid. They, however, appear to have strength in depth with Chris Farrell and Garry Ringrose pushing to replace him. Ireland have impressed in a tough away win to France and a demolition of Italy on home soil. They now face possibly their biggest task so far as Wales look to cause an upset. Ireland stand at $1.30 though as clear favourites.
A disappointing loss to England in the last Round will have hurt the Welsh squad. All TMO controversy aside, they had opportunities to win the game but failed to secure them. The return of three British & Lions in Dan Biggar, Liam Williams and Leigh Halfpenny will certainly give them a chance of overturning a price of $3.52.
Bet of the Match – Wales to Win by 1-12 points at $3.40
Scotland v England, Sunday 25th February 2018, 3.45am (AEDT)
Scotland have named an unchanged starting line-up to the one that beat France, as they prepare to welcome their oldest rivals, England. Nothing fires up a Scotland side like the sight of that famous white shirt and red rose, but they will need more than passion to beat Eddie Jones’ men. With Greig Laidlaw back at scrum half they have a man who can potentially control the game out of England’s grasp. They are priced at $2.86.
England remain favourites to win the game and the Six Nations, such is the winning mentality that has grown within the playing group. A battling win against Wales will have prepared them for the front-line assault they are likely to receive from the Scots. If they can control the tempo of the game, England should have too much quality for Scotland at $1.43.
Bet of the Match -England to Win by 1-12 points at $2.63
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