Six Nations Live Odds : England v France, Italy v Wales highlight of bumper Saturday for rugby punters

Six Nations Rugby continues with England v France, Italy v Wales & Scotland v Ireland as Betvictor release the latest odds & a new free bets offer, as the firm report that the English are now the heavy outright favoiurites to lift the Six Nations crown.

England will look to keep their hopes of a Grand Slam alive in the Six Nations as they welcome winless France to Twickenham on Saturday.

England are slowly progressing into a very capable rugby side on the world stage. They grew that one step further two weeks ago in Dublin, where the kicking of Owen Farrell and the gutsy display from the forwards set the tone for their first win away in Ireland for 10 years.

Punters are expecting this new revitalised England to show up on Saturday and run the French ragged. If you are one of those people, then the next stop could be the poor house for you.

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This game is an entirely different situation to the games England have faced thus far. They are now in a position where fans and media alike are expecting them to win games comfortably. This is where pressure comes in, and although this England side are progressing nicely, they have not ticked the consistency box just yet.

That makes them weak favourites once again this week around the 3/10 mark with William Hill.

France, meanwhile, who have been beaten by both Italy and Wales in the Six Nations thus far, have something to prove. That on its own should be enough to set alarm bells ringing in all England backers minds.

The French rugby boys are an emotional bunch and they will be hurting from two such abject performances, which has overseen their worst ever start to a Six Nations campaign.

People should remember that they came into this tournament as joint favourites at the head of the betting and you don’t come a bad team overnight. BetVictor have reported significant money on the French at 11/4 ahead of this epic clash.

Only two years ago a raggy French side bulldozed their way through an even raggier England side in the World Cup, and went on to come within a whisker of lifting the trophy in the final. They will play with the same ferocity this weekend.

Coach Phillipe Saint-Andre has been like a man possessed in the pre match conferences this week. His team will be raring to go.

He said: “England can be our Grand Slam. I want to be proud of a team who will go there to give 120% of what they have. Let’s be French: courageous, audacious, unpredictable.”

Despite the French coach’s passionate plea England have won five of the last six Six Nations meetings between the teams, and France’s only Six Nations win at Twickenham came in 2005 when they won 18-17.

Saturday’s other match sees Wales continue their tour around Europe to take on Italy in Rome. The Welsh won their first Test match in the last nine games last weekend when seeing off France in Paris and tails will be firmly up this week. They are 1/4 shots with Bet365 to nail the Italians in their own back yard

Italy were brought back to earth following their impressive win against France last week against Scotland, and they have also lost their influential captain Sergio Parisse, who has been banned for 30 days after insulting a referee in a game for his club Stade Francais. It will take a monumental effort to record back-to-back home wins, but it’s available to back at 11/4 with Ladbrokes.

On Sunday, a reshuffled Ireland side travel to Murrayfield to take on Scotland.

Declan Kidney has had to make a whole host of changes to the side that was beaten by England, some because of injury and some tactical.

Ulster duo Luke Marshall and Paddy Jackson make their full debuts for the visitors, whilst Simon Zebo, Gordon D’Arcy Jonathan Sexton and Mike McCarthy are all missing through injury.

This has triggered a small gamble going on for a Scotland win with their price of 5/4 with William Hill seeing plenty of money.

 

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