England vs France Rugby Betting Tip [Bet] – 13th March 2021

France capable of springing a surprise at Twickenham against stuttering England

England England vs France England
13th March 1645hrs
Rugby – England – Premiership
Pick Draw
Bookmaker Bet365
Odds: 62/25 odds taken 04:05 GMT Friday, 12th March

England have endured a pretty miserable Six Nations championship so far, having lost two of their three games.

So it’s been a failed title defence from them. But it’s a totally different story for France who pays a visit to Twickenham on the weekend.

Les Blues still have their eyes on the big prize of the Six Nations title but need to get one over on England to further their case.

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England Preview – Can England topple the French?

England are playing for a bit of pride at this point in the 2021 Six Nations Championship.

All they have on the board was a win over Italy which was sandwiched in between losses against Scotland and Wales.

In the last round of action, England went to Cardiff to face Wales and were blown away by the Welsh in the second half.

There was once again, no Plan B from the English and a lack of discipline.

For this home game against France on the weekend, England are the 5/6 odds-on favourites in the match outright* (odds taken 04:05 GMT Friday, 12th March).

However, the visitors may have more appeal.

England are nowhere near their best at the moment, and they have a lot of players who are simply not performing.

Last Autumn England were up against an under-strength France in the Autumn Nations Cup decider.

They just about got the job done in the end, with Eddie jones’ men winning 22-19.

England have not lost at home against France since 2007.

Will they hold out in what will probably be a meaningless game for the hosts by the time kick-off comes along?

That is because Wales will likely beat Italy earlier the same day, giving them 4 wins from 4 in the Championship race.

In the overall head to head England are W59 D7 L41 against Les Bleus in “Le Crunch”.

Our betting prediction:
Both teams to score

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(odds taken 04:05 GMT Friday, 12th March)


This match, as hinted at in the outright odds for rugby betting is probably going to be tight.

An England – 1 handicap for example is at even money just to highlight that* (odds taken 04:05 GMT Friday, 12th March).

In last season’s meeting with France, in Paris on the opening weekend, England were outsmarted and lost 24-17.

That is now two of their last three matches in the Six Nations that England have dropped against Les Bleus, but both were away from home.

But it should suggest that they are not going to be in for an easy ride.

England Squad

England: Malins; Watson, Slade, Farrell, May; Ford, Youngs; M Vunipola, Cowan-Dickie, Sinckler, Itoje, Ewels, Wilson, Curry, B Vunipola.

Replacements: George, Genge, Stuart, Hill, Earl, Robson, Lawrence, Daly.


France Preview – Will France be at full strength?

There will be a question mark over the full strength and fitness of the French.

That’s because their third match of the campaign against Scotland was postponed because of health concerns.

So their preparations may not have been ideal ahead of this one.

But with back to back wins to open the season with, a thumping win over Italy and then having toughed one out against Ireland, France are in the title race.

With that outstanding game against the Scots still to be fit into the plans later this month, France will know that this could be a defining moment

Their disruptions do add an air of unpredictability to their challenge on the weekend.

France do have some big names returning to the bench at least from injuries so they may not be in bad shape.

They also have powerhouse Virimi Vakatawa returning to action after a knee injury, and the centre could be a huge thorn in the side to the English defence.

In the rugby betting market for Saturday’s big clash France arrive as the 11/10 underdogs* (odds taken 04:05 GMT Friday, 12th March).

So far in the campaign, they have easily been the more dynamic and positive-minded of the two nations.

They have looked a step quicker than England in terms of breaking the gain line against opposition and far more clinical and creative.

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The important thing to remember as well is that France have everything to play for in this fixture, unlike England.

So they have plenty of reasons to turn up motivated.

That does bring a certain appeal to the France +2 handicap line for the match at even money* (odds taken 04:05 GMT Friday, 12th March).

But how much of all that gets balanced out by them only having returned to training on Sunday to get ready for this match?

If an away victory does come along then it is easy to picture it falling into a France 1-7 points winning margin for a quote of 7/2* (odds taken 04:05 GMT Friday, 12th March).

The stakes are high for France. Can they do it?

France Squad

France: Dulin; Thomas, Vakatawa, Fickou, Penaud; Jalibert, Dupont; Baille, Marchand, Haouas; Taofifenua, Willemse; Cretin, Ollivon (capt), Alldritt.

France: Dulin; Thomas, Vakatawa, Fickou, Penaud; Jalibert, Dupont; Baille, Marchand, Haouas; Taofifenua, Willemse; Cretin, Ollivon (capt), Alldritt.


England vs France Betting Advice

France have been through a rough couple of weeks behind the scenes and their tournament was threatened to be cut short.

But they are back in action, but with only a week of preparation ahead of this trip to Twickenham.

However, it’s hard not to see them finding ways to break down an English side who are clearly out of form at the moment.

Therefore the 11/10 underdog odds on the visitors may be worth a look * (odds taken 04:05 GMT Friday, 12th March).


Key Facts – England vs France Betting Tip

  • England have won their last eight at Twickenham against France
  • England have lost two of their three Six Nations matches this season
  • France play their first match since beating Ireland on February 14


England were a mess in the second half against Wales last time out and they have not found a rhythm at all.

It’s not an easy thing to get back either. So we think that this is close and a game of fine margins.

But they haven’t lost to France at home since 2005, losing their last eight visits to Twickenham. So does that give them an edge?

Looking ahead at what France does have available, the greater appeal is in the win for the visitors even if they are a little rusty early on.

Our top Six Nations rugby betting tip is the France 1-7 winning margin at 7/2* (odds taken 04:05 GMT Friday, 12th March).


The best betting odds for England vs France

England to win: 5/6 at Bet365
Draw: 22/1 at Bet365
France to win: 11/10 at Bet365