RUGBY UNION BETTING: Live On BBC1: Fri 20:00 France travel to Wales tonight and Jonathan Shepherd expects Les Blues to emerge victorious in the first leg of a treble that includes wins for Italy and England.
France’s quest for a ninth Six Nations Grand Slam continues in Cardiff on Friday night where Les Blues start as William Hill‘s 4/9 favourites to record their thrid successive win of the campaign.
Stan James make the home side a somewhat mean looking 2/1 considering their unconvincing performances so far. Perhaps the best Warren Gatland’s can hope for is a win on the handicaps. Betfred offer the Welsh at 10/11 with a six point start but I’ll be backing the French at the same price at Ladbrokes to overcome that deficit.
Saturday’s lunchtime kick off is being billed as the battle for the “wooden spoon”. 888Sport make Scotland 8/13 to recover from their last gasp defeat in Wales a fortnight ago but the Italians have impressed in defeat so far and with home advantage, I’m gunning for the Azzurri to be dancing on the streets of Rome at an inviting 13/8 with Ladbrokes.
In the 4pm kick off, England, great in patches when beating Wales yet dire when beating Italy, are the narrowest of favourites at 10/11 (totesport) to beat Ireland who are chalked up at 6/5 by Betdaq. There’s a two point handicap either way on offer at 10/11 with Betfred but with a ferocious Twickenham backing, Martin Johnson’s side can pull the Triple Crown closer to their trophy cabinet and win by between 1 and 12 points; 6/4 bet365.