6 Nations Betting Preview – Round 5

We preview the final weekend of the Six Nations Championship, including England’s attempt to win the Grand Slam in Paris on Saturday night.

RECOMMENDED BETSMARKETODDSBOOKMAKERS
Italy (+35)HandicapEvensBet365
Scotland (+7)HandicapEvensBet365
France (+8)HandicapEvensBet365

Wales v Italy

BBC1 Saturday 19th March / 2.30pm

Wales are no better than 1/100 to beat Italy at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday. Warren Gatland’s side have won each of the last nine meetings and although only a couple of those successes have been by huge margins, this should be another landslide as the Azzurri round off a campaign which began with a promising performance against France but quickly descended into a disaster, with defeats by 31 and 16 points to England and Scotland before last weekend’s 43-point loss in Dublin. Wales will be eager to show that they are better than their woeful and costly first hour against England a week ago, but that doesn’t mean they will breeze past a 35-point handicap line. Only three times in 23 meetings have they beaten the Italians by that sort of margin. It could be a close run thing, but take the visitors with a 35-point start.

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Italy (+35)HandicapEvensBet365

Ireland v Scotland

ITV1 Saturday 19th March / 5pm

Scotland haven’t won three successive games in this competition for 20 years, when they beat Ireland, France and Wales in the 5 Nations, but they have the opportunity to end that long wait when they visit Dublin on Saturday evening, having beaten Italy and France in their last two matches. Ireland destroyed Italy last week to pick up their first win of the campaign, but they are some way short of the team which won back-to-back titles and that will offer hope to the resurgent Scots. The most recent meeting was in the build-up to the World Cup and was won 28-22 by Ireland, who are a best price of 2/5 in the match betting. Scotland can certainly make things that close again and look the pick of the handicap bets with a seven-point start.

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Scotland (+7)HandicapEvensBet365

France v England

BBC1 Saturday 19th March / 8pm

England are expected to complete their first Grand Slam in 13 years in Saturday’s late match in Paris, with the bookies making them no bigger than 1/3 to win the match. As with last weekend’s victory over Wales when Eddie Jones’ men almost let slip a very comfortable lead, nerves are likely to be their most significant opponent and they look to round off a title-winning campaign with a fifth straight win. France have lost to Wales and Scotland in their last two games and aren’t in the same class as this current England side, but they beat Ireland in Paris and won’t make things easy – indeed the last four meetings here have been settled by margins of five, two, two and two points, with the French winning three. Back the hosts to make things tense for England – they are evens with Bet365 with an eight-point start.

RECOMMENDED BETSMARKETODDSBOOKMAKERS
France (+8)HandicapEvensBet365