Kick-off: 1645, 07/03/2020
England still have Six Nations title aspirations ahead of hosting Wales and that can inspire them to a convincing victory at Twickenham.
Eddie Jones is also eyeing revenge for last year’s second-half collapse in Cardiff, which ultimately set the Dragons up for Grand Slam success.
We’re taking 4/5 for a home win by more than 12.5 points for our initial England vs Wales prediction.
A Look At England’s Betting Odds
England have recovered well from an opening 24-17 loss to France in Paris, resurrecting hopes of a third championship in five years.
They overcame atrocious weather conditions to edge out Scotland 13-6 in Edinburgh and then claimed a clinical 24-12 win over Ireland at this venue.
George Ford, Elliot Daly and Luke Cowan-Dickie crossed the whitewash, while skipper Owen Farrell was 100 per cent off the kicking tee in a dominant display versus the Irish.
Now the attention turns to Wales and Jones declared: “You’ve got to remember they beat us last year, so we owe them one.”
Respect is high for the World Cup semi-finalists, with the head coach adding: “Traditionally, our games are very close, so they’ll come with a lot of enthusiasm and a lot of energy.
“Their two veterans, Ken Owens and Alun Wyn Jones, will lead the way and they’ll be a tough team to beat.
“They pass the ball a little bit more under Wayne Pivac, but there isn’t any great change at the moment.
“They’re still a very good team. They were semi-finalists at the World Cup and to get that far you have to be a good team.”
However, all the momentum is with the hosts here and the manner in which they raced into a 17-0 lead at the interval against Ireland is fresh in the memory.
We like 91/100 for them to be at least seven points ahead at half-time from the England vs Wales odds.
A Look At Wales’ Betting Odds
This always threatened to be a transitional campaign for Wales and they have struggled to cope with the loss of stellar coach Warren Gatland, plus defensive guru Shaun Edwards.
The Dragons kicked off with a 42-0 stroll against Italy, but were then outworked up front in a 24-14 loss to Ireland in Dublin.
Going down 27-23 to France at Principality Stadium was an even bigger blow, especially as Les Bleus had to contend with two yellow cards.
New boss Pivac commented: “We’ve had a good two weeks and we are really excited about heading up to Twickenham for what will be a huge Six Nations clash.
“We have had the chance to put the disappointments of the loss to France behind us and we know we need to be more clinical in attack and convert the opportunities that we are creating.”
However, Wales have been further hampered by injury problems this term and bringing back Liam Williams following more than four months on the sidelines to replace latest casualty Josh Adams is a risky move.
The visitors will start out in a spirited fashion, but we feel England can overwhelm them once getting on top.
Let’s finish off our England vs Wales betting tips by taking 4/5 for more points to be scored in the second half than the opening period.
ENGLAND 24-12 Ireland
WALES 23-27 France
Head-to-head: Wales 13-6 England, England 33-19 Wales, Wales 21-13, England 12-6 Wales, Wales 16-21 England
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