After a weekend’s break, the Six Nations returns Saturday, starting with Scotland‘s trip to France.
At the start of the tournament we had this pencilled in as an away win, Scotland’s first in Paris since 1999. However, injuries have deprived the Scots of a number of key players and the circumstances have thus changed.
Instead, we’re going side with a French side that were abject last time out. We’re taking things a little on faith, surely they can’t be as bad again. In addition, they have gone for youthful talent in the halfbacks and there will be sun on their backs. France to cover the six point spread.
The late game could be a classic – England versus Wales at Cardiff, with both teams unbeaten.
England enter the match as slight favourites on the back of two impressive performances, overpowering Ireland in Dublin and thrashing France at Twickenham. That said, they are missing through injury two of their better forwards in Mako Vunipola and Maro Itoje, Lions both.
Wales have been less impressive, winning in France thanks to a home team collapse and scraping a win in Rome with a much changed team. But this means they have a fresh side to throw at England.
Also we’ve been around long enough to see many a favoured England side march over the Severn Bridge in pristine white shirts before returning two hours later battered, blooded and beaten.
We think this will be a tight game, and will take Wales with a four point start.
Recommendations: France and Wales to beat the handicaps as a double, 1 pt, at 3/1, widely available
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