Ireland v Italy
Ireland have targeted two wins from their final two matches to claw back some pride and avoid slipping from two time reigning champions to also-rans of the Six Nations. Despite that need for victories Joe Schmidt is likely to mix experience with young new talent and the possibility of uncapped players getting their chance. With new blood expected Ireland will be keen from the off and they will have far too much fire power for an Italian side that has performed well this tournament. The question is whether they can keep the score down. Apart from a shock defeat in 2013 Ireland have always put plenty of points past the Italians and the -22 points that is on off looks a VALUE bet. Once they get in to their stride and with a passionate home following they can easily cover the deficit.
England v Wales
Wales trailed Ireland by 13 points at one stage in their opening match of the tournament, but not at any time did they look like they would be on the losing side. When they had the ball they looked dangerous and made yards with ease, but quite often they have struggled to convert those attacks in to points. Similar can be said about England, who in the end comfortably saw off the Irish but did take a while to get going. This is a HUGE game and its very likely that nerves will be jangling and defence will be the order of the day. Points will be at a premium and there is plenty of value to be had in this scenario. If Wales can keep the first 15 minutes tight then the race to 20 points looks a great bet. Get on neither team reaching that total at a very nice price.
Scotland v France
A familiar 6 Nations tale with two games to play, Scotland are winless. But despite their losses they have played well and can take many positives out of the championship to date. Scotland failed to deliver against England in the opening game but were impressive in a narrow defeat in Cardiff and Vern Cotter’s side look like they are ready to turn the corner. He has a strong side to pick from and only one changed means it’s a very settled team. France have been fairly disappointing and their win against Ireland is the only bright spot of a pretty poor campaign so far. Playing away from Paris may help them release the shackles, but they may find the physicality of the Scots too much to handle. A close match is on the cards but I fully expect Scotland to come out on top and the odds on them winning are a great bet.