Six Nations Round Three Tips & Betting Preview
Will Wales be able to stop England's march towards the Grand Slam?
After a rest week, the Six Nations returns on Saturday afternoon with two mouth-watering fixtures. Scotland travels to Paris to take on yet another chopped and changed France team, followed by the game which is likely to decide the fate of the title as Wales face England at the Principality Stadium. Italy then clashes with Ireland on Sunday to close out round three of the competition – here are my best bets for the weekend.
France v Scotland – Sunday 1:15 AM
Despite a catastrophic collapse in round one against Wales and an embarrassingly abject performance at Twickenham in round two, I fully expect France to overcome an injury-ravaged Scotland side.
Games between the two sides have tended to be close affairs with no winning margin bigger than 13 points since 2009. However, Scotland hasn’t won an away game against a side other than Italy in the Six Nations since 2010 – and it’s hard to make a case for them overturning the French in Paris for the first time since 1999; particularly with their lengthy list of absentees.
In what is a must-win game for France I can see them just having too much power for the visitors and backing France to win by 1-12 points looks a very safe play.
Wales v England – Sunday 3:45 AM
Sunday’s second game is the weekend’s blockbuster fixture as England square off with their oldest rivals Wales in Cardiff.
England has started the tournament in rip-roaring fashion with two bonus-point victories, while Wales also have two wins from two games on the road - but I think it will be England who continues their march towards the Grand Slam.
Eddie Jones has yet to taste defeat against Wales (with an average winning margin of 7 points) and has already beaten Warren Gatland’s men in their own backyard, with a 21-16 win in 2017. That win made it three victories in four visits to Cardiff for England – a handsome record when you consider how strong Wales are at home.
Looking at the squads, England appears to have the edge in a few key areas, including goal kicking and the bench. Combine this with their good record in Cardiff and I just think they will have too much for Wales once again – I’m backing England to win by 1-10 points.