Six Nations 2017, Week 2 Betting Preview
Six Nations week 2 gets going in Rome on Saturday and we take a look at all 3 matches and suggest a bet in each.
Italy v Ireland – click here to bet
Italy were extremely disappointing in their opening fixture against Wales a match where they started 12 point underdogs. There was generally a feeling amongst punters that Italy could push Wales all the way and that looked to be the case in the first half but they fell off badly later in the game and Wales ran in 3 tries to win 33-7.
They now face a very tough task against an Ireland side smarting from an opening away loss to Scotland in week 1. The Irish were missing certain key players and they fell behind early before fighting back to seemingly take control of the game at 22-21. The Scots hit back though and in the end beat the Irish by 5 points.
These sides last met in Rome in 2015 with Ireland winning the Six Nations clash by 26-3 and 3 of the last 5 meetings in Italy would have seen Ireland deliver for punters on the current handicap.
6N Head to Head in Italy
2015 6N Rome Italy 3-26 Ireland (Tries 0-2)
2013 6N Rome Italy 22-15 Ireland (Tries 1-0)
Handicap: Italy +23.5, Ireland -23.5 at 9/10
Suggested bet: Halftime handicap Ireland -10.5 at 9/10.
I am expecting the Irish to come out firing as they chase that 4 try bonus point and I think they can put a despondent Italy away by the break
Wales v England – click here to bet
Wales are top of the log heading into this fixture after a 33-7 victory over Italy away last weekend. While the 26 point margin sounds impressive the way Italy folded at the end will leave Wales feeling disappointed they were unable to get the 4 try bonus point. Wales won all 3 Six Nation matches at home last season.
England’s undefeated run looked like coming to an end at Twickenham last week and France had them certainly under the cosh at one point. They rallied back like champions teams do though and managed to eke out a 19-16 victory over the French. With Ireland losing England are now firm favourites at 6/10 to lift the trophy – click here for outright betting
England have traditionally struggled in Wales but they have won 2 of their last 3 meetings at the Millennium Stadium. In 2015 they beat the Welsh 21-16
6N Head to Head in Wales
2015 6N Cardiff Wales 16-21 England (Tries 1-2)
2013 6N Cardiff Wales 30-3 England (Tries 2-0)
Handicap: Wales +5.5, England -5.5 at 9/10
Suggested bet: Handicap England -5.5 at 9/10.
Wales are not easy to beat at home but I haven’t been impressed with them of late and if you look at England’s record closely when they win in Wales they often win by quite a comfortable margin, with a 5 point winning margin in their last match the lowest in their last 5 victories.
France v Scotland – click here to bet
France will feel they let one slip against England last week at Twickenham when they failed to capitalise on their earlier advantage to take the victory, they ended up losing by 3 points and they now simply have to win this game against Scotland if they are to stay in the Six Nations race. Their Six Nations home form has been erratic over the last two seasons and they have won 3 and lost 2 of their last 5 matches.
Scotland will be on a high after beating tournament second favourites Ireland 27-22 at Murrayfield last weekend. The result served to confirm the improvement they showed in the November Internationals but they will need to improve on a poor away record in the Six Nations where they have only won 2 matches since 2010 and both of those against the Italians.
6N Head to Head in France
2015 6N Paris France 15-8 Scotland (Tries 0-1)
2013 6N Paris France 23-16 Scotland (Tries 2-1)
2011 6N Paris France 34-21 Scotland (Tries 4-3)
Handicap: France -6.5, Scotland +6.5 at 9/10
Suggested bet: Winning margin France by under 12.5 points at 14/10.
This Scotland team will give France something to think about there is no doubt that but I just feel that the bigger French pack can take control and that the home team should be able to eke out a victory. This bet would have arrived in the last 3 meetings that France had hosted between the countries in all competitions.
Note: Prices correct at the time of posting but are subject to change