Live on Skysports 1: Sat 14.30: England are 17/10 (Betdaq) to beat the Wallabies at Twickenham this weekend and defy their detractors.
Martin Johnson’s team were not bad against New Zealand. Stupid errors cost them possibly another try and they came very close to a score but were denied, fairly, by the video ref. The 2nd half was full of positives and England should not be underestimated.
Australia should be favs, they come in as Blue Square’s 4/6 choice, but England will be desparate to build on their shock victory in Sydney earlier in 2010 to prove they have a chance of making a 3rd consecutive World Cup Final.
A 4 point headstart for England gives you 10/11 about the home team (Ladbrokes) but the handicap seems a little small. Take England to win outright.
Playing at the same time, Ireland are 1/25 to beat Samoa and 10/11 with a 21 point defecit (Stan James) which should be justified.
Wales play South Africa and the Welsh are 23/10 with Sportingbet to spring a surprise there.
In the evening, the Scots are a whopping 16/1 (Betdaq) to beat New Zealand but even with Mealamu (banned for 2 weeks instead of 4), the Kiwis have way too much in the tank. However, the handicap of +19 at 10/11 (bet365) about Scotland should not be ruled out.