2018 Six Nations Betting Tips: England the bet to claim a third successive Six Nations rugby championship
January 31, 2018
Rugby Six Nations betting is always hugely popular and this weekend sees the start of what promises to be the most competitive tournament yet, with five of the six teams believing they have realistic chances of winning the title.
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Eddie Jones’s England side go into the 2018 campaign as favourites to win a third consecutive Six Nations championship and although they have been hit by injuries to the likes of Billy Vunipola.
However, England do have some very talented youngsters coming through the ranks with a winning mentality under the guidance of the charismatic Jones (who recently extended his contract until 2021).
A 13-9 defeat in Ireland in their last game of the 2017 Six Nations aside, England are unbeaten since their humiliating 2015 World Cup exit when losing to Australia. Any team that finishes above England will almost certainly be crowned champions.
England do have to travel to Murrayfield and that isn’t going to be remotely easy. It must be a good few years since Scotland were third favourites going into the Six Nations, but their attacking play in last year’s internationals when they twice beat Australia and gave the mighty All Blacks a massive scare fully justifies the faith shown in them. Gregor Townsend’s men seem sure to have a big say in this year’s Six Nations championship.
Joe Schmidt’s Ireland are second favourites behind England in 2018 Six Nations betting odds and very definite contenders given that they now possess far greater depth and quality than in previous years. They can also count on some exciting youthful talent coming through in the likes of Jordan Larmour, Jacob Stockdale, Joey Carbery and James Ryan.
Wales have injuries, are probably not quite the force they were a couple of seasons back and have to travel to both Dublin and London. If they can come though as champions that really would be some achievement, but it’s looking unlikely.
As ever, France could be capable of anything, although the reality is that they are not at the same level as England or Ireland and are just too inconsistent to be considered title-winning material anyway.
Italy might be seen as being there to make up the numbers, but there is some youthful talent coming through and they could certainly potentially derail the hopes of one team or another.
The fixtures probably just about favour England for Six Nations success again, with Wales and, most importantly, Ireland both having to travel to Twickenham.
You could back England to claim a Grand Slam at 5/2 (3.50) with Betway, but with the competition being so fierce, it will take an extraordinary effort for any team to secure a 100% winning record. Taking the 21/20 (2.05) with Boylesports on England to retain their crown looks the safer bet.