2019 Six Nations Matchday 2 Betting Preview, Odds & Tips
Rugby fanatic Marcello Cossali-Francis (@marcello95cf) runs us through Matchday 2 of the Six Nations fixtures and provides us with his best bets.
Six Nations Round 2 Betting Preview, Odds & Tips
So after Wales, Scotland and England all kicked off their tournaments with victories and now we head into Round 2 of the 2019 Six Nations.
Now the teams have been announced, we can look ahead to each of the three fixtures this weekend and try and find some winning angles in round 2.
Scotland v Ireland – Saturday 14:15, Edinburgh
Scotland starting backs (15 – 9) Hogg, Seymour, Huw Jones, Johnson, Maitland, Russell, Laidlaw.
Scotland starting forwards (1 – 8) Dell, McInally, Berghan, Gilchrist, J Gray, Wilson, Ritchie, Strauss.
Ireland starting backs (15 – 9) Kearney, Earls, Farrell, Aki, Stockdale, Sexton, Murray.
Ireland starting forwards (1 – 8) Healy, Best, Furlong, Ryan, Roux, O'Mahony, O'Brien, Conan.
- Scotland – 23/10
- Draw – 28/1
- Ireland – 11/25
So pre-tournament favourites, Ireland, suffered an opening day defeat at home to England last weekend and will be looking for a reaction here as they travel to Scotland to face Gregor Townsend’s men. Ireland were out-classed by England last Saturday and the score-line slightly flattered the home side, whereas Scotland were comfortable victors over Italy earlier in the day.
The 23/10 available on Scotland looks a very decent price given the Scots home record is strong under Townsend. They have won seven of their nine home games since Townsend took over and won both of their home games last season against France and England. In that period, Scotland have averaged 32 points per game and have scored 20+ points in seven of those nine matches.
However, in the 19 matches played since the Five Nations became the Six Nations, Scotland have won just four times and have beaten Ireland just twice this decade in this competition. Ireland will be out for revenge, having lost the last test they played in Edinburgh in 2017 and despite losing last weekend, you would still expect them to win here.
The bet I like the look of here is for Scotland to score over 20 points at 7/5 with WilliamHIll.
Italy v Wales – Saturday 16:45, Rome
Italy starting backs (15 – 9) Hayward, Padovani, Campagnaro, Morisi, Esposito, Allan, Palazzani.
Italy starting forwards (1 – 8) Quaglio, Ghiraldini, Ferrari, Sisi, Budd, Negri, Steyn, Parisse.
Wales starting backs (15 – 9) Williams, Holmes, Davies, Watkin, Adams, Biggar, Davies.
Wales starting forwards (1 – 8) Smith, Dee, Lee, Ball, Beard, Wainwright, Young, Navidi.
- Italy – 11/1
- Draw – 50/1
- Wales – 1/10
Italy’s final 15 minutes against Scotland, in which they scored three tries, will give them some much needed confidence heading into their first home game of the campaign against Wales this Saturday. They did lose the game and were largely second-best against Scotland, but there were signs of improvement for the Italians.
As for Wales, they came back from a 16-0 half-time deficit to beat France in Paris in the opening fixture of the Championships. That first-half will give Italy confidence and Wales coach, Warren Gatland, has made 10 changes, which could affect the flow of things early on for the away side.
Wales have won 23 of the 26 matches against Italy and have won the last 12 games against them in the Six Nations. Games against Italy are often called right and it can be difficult to find value in their games. However, in this one, I am going to dip into the anytime try scorer market, as Wales are bound to score a few here. Liam Williams has scored six tries in the Gallagher Premiership and was unlucky not to score against France. He is 6/5 to score a try and that looks somewhat of a banker.
England v France – Sunday 15:00, London
England starting backs (15 – 9) Daly, May, Slade, Tuilagi, Ashton, Farrell, B Youngs.
England starting forwards (1 – 8) M Vunipola, George, Sinckler, Lawes, Kruis, Wilson, T Curry, B Vunipola.
France starting backs (15 – 9) Huget, Penaud, Doumayrou, Bastareaud, Fickou, Lopez, Parra.
France starting forwards (1 – 8) Poirot, Guirado, Bamba, Lambey, Vahaamahina, Camara, Iturria, Picamoles.
- England – 1/6
- Draw – 33/1
- France – 6/1
After their mightily impressive win out in Dublin, England have now become favourites for the tournament and the odds on this game represent how this one should go.
France threw away their 16-0 lead at half-time against Wales and that second-half alone shows what France are all about. They can be brilliant and brilliantly rubbish all at the same time, so it is difficult to predict what French side will turn up this Saturday, however, if England play like they did against Ireland, Eddie Jones’ men will win this game.
England’s record against France at Twickenham makes for good reading, as they have won six in a row. England have won five of the last seven games against France (home or away) in the Six Nations and France have won just three times against England in the Six Nations in the last 10 years.
The play I like here is again in the anytime try-scorer market and Chris Ashton would be my play for this one at 13/10. He scored within a few minutes of his return to the England test squad against New Zealand in the Autumn and his record for England speaks for itself. He has 20 tries in his 43 matches for England and he has already scored eight tries in all competitions for Sale this season, after sitting out most of the start through suspension.
He loves grabbing the headlines and on his first Six Nations start since 2013, I think we will see the ‘Ash-Splash’ at some points.