International Rugby Odds : England v Australia, Scotland v South Africa, Ireland v Fiji feature on Saturday card

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Twickenham will be bouncing  as Australia continue their European autumn tour by taking on old rivals England.

In what is shaping up to be a fascinatingly epic encounter, the two sided come into the game in contrasting form.

Australia have been on the end of some huge criticism back home after they were out-classed and out-battled by a French XV last week.

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The Stade De France witnessed one of the all-time great French performances as they tore apart the Aussie backline and beat the 33-6.

Meanwhile, England kicked-off their autumn campaign with a solid performance and victory over Fiji. The Islanders never really had the quality to trouble the English though, and a few people were disappointed by England’s ability to only score 54 points against a defence that handed them opportunities aplenty.

The markets for this clash, which is a repeat of the famous 2003 World Cup final that England won in dramatic style, have been fascinating in the build-up.

Usually most of the main betting action in a build-up to a big international match is focused around the handicaps markets, however in this case, the money being reported by a majority of bookmakers has been on the outright win markets.

Stuart Lancaster’s side, who have yet to really show they are capable of mixing it with the world’s best, have been priced up at a very skinny looking 4/11 with Ladbrokes. Australia, despite their latest defeat and clear fractious nature of their squad currently, are still one of the world’s top international sides and have won three of the last five matches between the sides at Twickenham.

They have been priced up a juicy looking 5/2 with Bet365 to land the spoils and there could be a case of some punters reading far too much into their latest defeat.

But in our view, the game was more about the French playing well above themselves rather than the Aussies going through a crisis. Most teams in international rugby would have beaten last week in the Stade De France, maybe even New Zealand.

Key to Australia’s hopes will be the powerful front three trio of Michael Hooper, Wycliff Palu and Kurtley Beale being able to dominate things up front. Their backs aren’t blessed with the greatest of skills therefore the front row is probably where the game will be won and lost.

Coach Robbie Deans has already made four changes, with full-back Berrick Barnes and winger Digby Ioane returning to the side in place of Mike Harris, and Pat McCabe who is injured.

Lock Sitaleki Timani and tight head prop Ben Alexander come in for Kane Douglas and Kepu up front.

England are unchanged from the side that beat Fiji last week apart from the reintroduction of Chris Ashton after he served his one-match suspension for a dangerous tackle in a league match.

You should see a different Austrialia side this weekend and at 11/4 they rate as a decent betting proposition.

For those who can’t put their full faith in the visitors, their handicap mark, with Australia starting with +7 points, looks very appealing at 10/11 with Ladbrokes.

Meanwhile, Scotland’s tough life to the autumn series doesn’t get any easier as they take on former world champions South Africa on Saturday.

They were on the end of a thumping 51-22 scoreline last week against New Zealand, and are still nursing the bruises from such encounter.

Scotland will be hoping for damage limitation against the Springboks, who beat Ireland 16-12 last weekend, but the -10.0 handicap (10/11 Ladbrokes) for the visitors looks too good to turn down.

Ireland take on Fiji on Saturday too, and look strong at 10/11 with Paddy Power to beat their rivals by more than 22 points.

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