Betting Tips for the Smart Punter

Six Nations Preview Week 5

Wales v Italy

Wales don’t have too much to play for after last weekends defeat to England, but even so a fervent home crowd will expect a big performance.Italy are destined for the wooden spoon and took a hammering at the hands of Ireland last week. After that match the handicap for the Cardiff is sky high and the Welsh will look to get on top of the Italians from the off. However history suggests this would need to be one very big performance for Wales to win by such a big margin. In 8 six nations games at home to Italy, the Welsh have only covered the handicap of 35 points the once, and that was with some great teams over the years. So with that said it’s a bet worth having and the Italians can give their head coach a suitable send off with a respectable display.

Head to Head (any venue)

2015 6N Rome Italy 20-61 Wales (Tries 2-8)

2014 6N Cardiff Wales 23–15 Italy (Tries 2-2)

2013 6N Rome Italy 9-26 Wales (Tries 0-2)

2012 6N Cardiff Wales 24–3 Italy (Tries 2-0)

2011 6N Rome Italy 16-24 Wales (Tries 2-2)

2010 6N Cardiff Wales 33–10 Italy (Tries 3-1)

Ireland v Scotland

Scotland had an amazing win last week against the French and confidence will be very high in the camp. Vern Cotter has got his team playing well but also believing in themselves. They face the Irish in Dublin and will hope for a first win since 2003. A lot of people are tipping up the Scots and they should pull out the stops, but they are missing a couple of big players and the French win may have taken it out of them. In turn the Irish haven’t had a good defence of their title but have been competitive in all their games. The rebuilding process is coming along nicely and they are not to be underestimated, especially on their home ground. Take the Irish to bring the SCots back down to earth with a bump.

Head to Head (any venue)

2015 6N Edinburgh Scotland 10-40 Ireland (Tries 1-4)

2014 6N Dublin Ireland 28–6 Scotland (Tries 3-0)

2013 6N Edinburgh Scotland 12-8 Ireland (Tries 1-0)

2012 Dublin Ireland 32–14 Scotland (Tries 4-1)

2011 6N Edinburgh Scotland 18-21 Ireland (Tries 0-3)

2010 Dublin Ireland 20–23 Scotland (Tries 2-1)

France v England

England have wrapped up the six nations and a win in Paris would secure the Grand Slam, however they will need to be at their best in the French capital to make it 5 from 5 wins in this years tournament. It’s a late night kick off and the atmosphere in Paris will be electric. The start of the game will tell us a lot about the final result, with whovever gets a good foothold will likely dominate from there. French coach Guy Noves will be encouraging his team to play their offloading game and this could play in to Englands hands with mistakes and crowd pressure likely to effect Les Bleus. The win is in Englands hands and they can silence the crowd early and cover the handicap on offer.

Head to Head (any venue)

2015 6N Twickenham England 55–35 France (Tries 7-5 )

2014 6N Paris France 26–24 England (Tries 3-2 )

2013 6N Twickenham England 23–13 France (Tries 1-1 )

2012 6N Paris France 22–24 England (Tries 1-3 )

2011 RWC Auckland France 19-12 (Tries 2-2) (Quarter final)

2011 6N Twickenham England 17–9 France (Tries 1-0 )

2010 6N Paris France 12–10 England (Tries 0-1 )

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