2018 Six Nations Matchday 1 Betting Preview

2018 Six Nations Matchday 1 Betting Preview

2018 Six Nations Matchday 1 Betting Preview

Marcello Cossali Francis (@marchCF96) previews matchday 1 of the 2018 Six Nations.

Wales vs Scotland – 14:15pm, Saturday 3rd February, The Principality Stadium

Odds: Wales 3/4 Draw 25/1 Scotland 73/50

The tournament kicks off in Cardiff, where Scotland will be looking to beat the Welsh away from home for the first time since 2002. The Scots are being mentioned as potential title winners for the first time in many years and if they are to really live up to that, a win here in Cardiff in the first game is essential. Wales start the game as favourites at 3/4, which given the fact Scotland are ahead of them in the outright market, is slightly odd. Scotland will know their record in the Welsh capital is not great but they are certainly capable of ending that run. At 73/50 they are only just made outsiders and the odds show how tight this game could be. The bookies have given Scotland a +2 handicap at 11/10, with Wales -2 at EVENS. The home advantage could just be enough here for Wales. They have a side full of in-form players and with the likes of wingers Steff Evans and Josh Adams, they have massive threats on each flank. Picking a best bet out here is difficult, but Wales -2 at EVENS looks the most value for money bet.

France vs Ireland – 16:30, Saturday 3rd February, Stade De France

Odds: France 5/2 Draw 25/1 Ireland 4/9

As already mentioned, it is always difficult to know what French side will turn up. They are an extremely proud bunch and, at home, a very tough place to start for the Irish. They changed their coach just a month before the tournament and it will be interesting to see how Jacques Brunel manages in his first competitive fixtures with the team. Ireland are second favourites behind England and, on paper anyway, a stronger, more experienced side then the French. The French side have not played together as many times and this Irish side is full of experience. They should be looking to start the tournament off with a good victory. The best bet for this one is Ireland/Ireland in the half-time/full-time market at 11/10.

Italy vs England – 15:00, Sunday 4th February, Stadio Olimpico

Odds: Italy 20/1 Draw 66/1 England 1/16

The odds here tell you everything you need to know about this fixture. Italian coach, Connor O’Shea, said that the Italian’s best would not be good enough to beat England, it would need Eddie Jones’ side to have a very bad day to beat the reigning champions. England are suffering some injuries to key players and an away trip first game of the tournament might mean it could take them a while to click. However, England should have more than enough to seal a maximum bonus point win. The Italian side selected for this game has 7 debutants and only a handful of players have more than double-digit caps for their country. Italy caused England huge problems last year but even then, they still managed to secure a bonus point win and you would expect them to do at least that here on Sunday. The best bet for this one is England -19 in the handicap market at EVENS.