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6 Nations Betting Preview – Round 4

We preview the fourth weekend of Six Nations Championship games, including the crucial game between England and Wales at Twickenham on Saturday.

RECOMMENDED BETSMARKETODDSBOOKMAKERS
Italy (+24)Handicap10/11Coral, Bet365
Wales (+5)Handicap11/10Stan James
Scotland1X210/11Coral

Ireland v Italy

ITV1 Saturday 12th March / 1.30pm

The bookies view Ireland as near certainties to win the first of this weekend’s Six Nations matches as they face Italy at the Aviva Stadium. Ireland have lost at home to Italy only once, back in 1997, and have won the last three in the Six Nations by margins of 30 points or more and despite taking only a single point from their first three fixtures, the outgoing champions are no bigger than 1/20 to win this game. Italy began their campaign on a positive, with a narrow loss to France in Paris, but they have suffered big home defeats to England and Scotland since then and appear destined for the wooden spoon. However, this Ireland side is much weaker than the one which won the 2014 and 2015 editions and Italy can get within a 24 point handicap, which pays 10/11 with Coral and Bet365.

RECOMMENDED BETSMARKETODDSBOOKMAKERS
Italy (+24)Handicap10/11Coral, Bet365

England v Wales

ITV1 Saturday 12th March / 4pm

England have started the tournament with three successive victories and appear to be building some momentum under new coach Eddie Jones and Saturday’s clash with Wales is an opportunity for them to prove they have learned the painful lessons of their World Cup campaign. Under Stuart Lancaster England lost at Twickenham to an injury-hit Wales in their World Cup pool, and Warren Gatland can bring a stronger and more experienced Welsh line-up to the capital this weekend. England are 1/2 favourites with most firms to win what is a title showdown, with Wales at 2/1 with Stan James. We tipped Wales at the start of the tournament and are sticking with them for what should be a close contest between two evenly-matched teams. Stan James are offering the visitors with a five-point start at 11/10.

RECOMMENDED BETSMARKETODDSBOOKMAKERS
Wales (+5)Handicap11/10Stan James

Scotland v France

BBC1 Sunday 13th March / 3pm

After narrow defeats to both England and Wales, Scotland underlined their improvement under Vern Cotter with a big win over Italy in Rome and they can show just how far they have come by beating France at Murrayfield on Sunday afternoon. France won their opening two games under new coach Guy Noves, but were have not been especially impressive in their narrow wins over Italy and Ireland and they were second best to Wales in Cardiff a fortnight ago. France have won their last 10 games against Scotland but the gap has been narrowing, with the most recent meeting here in 2014 ending 17-19. With the bookies seeing little between the two teams, Scotland can be backed at 10/11 with Coral in the match betting.

RECOMMENDED BETSMARKETODDSBOOKMAKERS
Scotland1X210/11Coral