Six Nations Rugby Betting Preview 2020 – England favourites to lift the title

A look at the latest 2020 Six Nations odds as the season plays to its climax

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Six Nations rugby betting preview: The return of the Six Nations happens on Saturday, October 24th with the Ireland v Italy fixutre.

After such a long break between the last round of action in March, it’s time to revisit Six Nations rugby betting.

For this rugby betting preview, we are going to take a look at the remaining matches from the competition, as well as what has already happened.

England and France are leading the way in the standings with 13 points each, but both can still be caught.

Playing the remaining fixtures so late into the calendar brings an interesting new twist to the proceedings.

Here is our 2020 Six nations rugby betting preview as the competition plays to its conclusion.

Current Six Nations Winner odds

England 1.25
Ireland 4.33
France 15.0
Scotland 101.0
* (betting odds taken from Betfair sportsbook at 00:06 GMT on Monday 19th October 2020)

Ireland v Italy to close Round 4

Saturdays’ game between Ireland v Italy in Six nations rugby betting is the final fixture left from round four.

The match was initially scheduled for March 7th but will get the go-ahead in late October at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin.

With all due respect to the Italians, this is not a bad game for Ireland to come back into. It is on paper, their easiest game of the campaign.

A win for the Irish will send them level on 13 points with England and France. A big enough win for them with at least 4 tries scored, and the Irish will find themselves in the top spot.

So we can see this being all one-way traffic of course and Ireland are 1.01 to claim the victory* (betting odds taken from Betfair sportsbook at 00:06 GMT on Monday 19th October 2020).

For Six Nations rugby betting, we have to look to the handicap margins.

An Ireland -28 is at 1.91 is currently in Six Nations rugby betting* (betting odds taken from Betfair sportsbook at 00:06 GMT on Monday 19th October 2020).

Irland are on a ten-match winning streak against Italy, so we can see a comfortable victory for the host coming up.

The pressure will be on Ireland to put a big score tighter as they face a big battle with France in their final fixture of the campaign.

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Round Five – Sunday, 31st October 2020

The final round of action will all be played out on Saturday, 31st October 2020 with all six nations in play.

Here for our Six nations Rugby betting preview, we will take a look at each of the remaining matches and make some predictions.

Find out who we think will come out on top of the table.

Wales v Scotland – 14:15

Wales have banked a W1 L3 record for this 2020 Six nations campaign.

The one success that the Welsh collected was a romping 42-0 victory over Italy in this season’s opening fixture.

But subsequent losses away in Ireland, at home to France and then to England have put the Welsh out of the running.

The Welsh only suffered a four-point defeat against France and by only three-points then against England.

Wales are the 1.36 odds on favourites to pick up the victory in this match* (betting odds taken from Betfair sportsbook at 00:06 GMT on Monday 19th October 2020).

Scotland will arrive as the 3.5 underdogs, despite having had a more positive campaign. Scotland is sat on a W2 L2 record so far.

When the season went into the enforced break, Scotland were holding the best defensive record of all teams.

The two losses that they had were away against Ireland and then in terrible conditions at home against England.

Match Prediction: Wales have the winning form in the head to head, having taken each of the last three against Scotland.

The Scots have managed to win just one of their last dozen against the Welsh.

Under head coach Wayne Pivac, Wales have been competitive, but have been unfortunate at times to not have had that winning touch.

A Wales -7 handicap is at 1.91 in Six Nations rugby betting* (betting odds taken from Betfair sportsbook at 00:06 GMT on Monday 19th October 2020).

Italy v England – 16:45

England have a pretty good chance of finishing top of the table this season to claim the Six Nations title. They have set themselves up well.

It is a W3 L1 record that they have taken in this season’s competition, recovering from a shock 24-17 opening loss against the French in Paris.

England’s performances overall in this season’s campaign haven’t totally been convincing. Their 24-12 home win over Ireland the best of the lot.

But the thing about them is that they have scoring power and strength of depth that Italy just doesn’t have at their disposal.

So naturally, we have to stick with a convincing away win for the English in this one as we don’t see their winning streak over the Azzurri falling apart.

The extra incentive for them will be pushing for what could, at the end of the day, be a crucial bonus point for running in at least four tries.

The conclusion of the Premiership season, of course, is going to help the cause of the national side, because players are sharp and relatively match fit.

Match Prediction: It should be all one-way traffic in this one.

An England +26 handicap is worth a look at 1.91 for the game in Six Nations rugby betting* (betting odds taken from Betfair sportsbook at 00:06 GMT on Monday 19th October 2020).

The Italians had shipped almost 100 points across their opening three fixtures of the campaign.

With them having had to battle Ireland the week before, we don’t see them holding out for too long against England.

France v Ireland – 20:00

This is the big one for the final weekend of the 2020 Six Nations. We are assuming that the Irish are going to beat Italy in that one outstanding round 4 fixture (see above).

So that is going to leave Ireland in with a chance of still winning the Six Nations title come the final round.

But France will be in the same boat as well, and it could all boil down to bonus points.

The French have been a surprise package of this campaign so far, especially when they defied underdog status on home soil to beat England in their opener.

While they have looked far more convincing in the attack, they have had wobbles in defence.

Only Italy had a worse record than they did when the season was postponed for its extended break.

France are 1.67 in Six Nations rugby betting to deliver the win in Paris but they will have to shake off some recent disappointing head to head form against Ireland.

The French have lost their last three on the spoon against the Irish.

With Ireland having had a chance to get some air in their lungs, as well as getting a sharpener against Italy on the resumption of play, this is likely to be a really tight, intense scrap.

We don’t see either taking a bonus-point win.

Match Prediction: We fancy the underdog odds on Ireland to come good in this one at 2.4 in Paris* (betting odds taken from Betfair sportsbook at 00:06 GMT on Monday 19th October 2020).

They do have a bit of head to head momentum going against France.

Plus we think that having had some match time against Italy the previous weekend will help the cause of the Irish massively.

A nice +3 handicap in Ireland is at 1.91 odds for a little extra coverage in rugby betting.

Overall Six Nations prediction

We do, of course, see Ireland playing their way into contention by beating Italy at the Aviva on the opening weekend of the season’s return.

With England and France both having taken bonus-point victories over Italy, we are going to assume that Ireland can get four tries against them.

That would leave them on 14 points and top of the table heading into the final round of action. That’s a huge advantage.

Being in that position would no doubt fire them up even more for their trip to France, which we also see them winning.

Similarly, we expect England to get a bonus point against Italy in the final round of action, leaving them on 18 points.

We don’t see Ireland beating France with a bonus point, so that would leave them and England on 18 points.

So this year’s title decider is going to all boil down to which of them can really ramp up the points (for points differential purposes) against Italy. In that regard, we think that England has more.