England v Australia Rugby Winner Odds & Predictions – 18th November 2017

Wallabies to push England hard at Twickenham

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After a stuttering and unimpressive victory over Argentina last weekend, England are going to have to step up through the gears as they take on Australia at Twickenham this weekend. England looked rusty and a bit directionless against the Pumas, England only landing a 21-8 win with a try each for Nathan Hughes and Semesa Rokoduguni. England never really got themselves going as a creative unit and it was just a poor grind for them and they could barely put a precise pass together.

Argentina missed some penalty kicks as well which would have made the hosts sweat had they gone over. Owen Farrell comes back into the starting lineup to replace Henry Slade, while Anthony Watson starts at full back for the first time ever in an England shirt, and Jonny May gets a run out on the wing. Lock Maro Itoje does make the bench but his workload is going to be managed as Jones rests him again. The other change is Joe Launchbury coming into the second row with George Kruis being passed over.

Head Coach Eddie Jones has already led England to four successes over Australia. England swept a three match series over the Wallabies Down Under back in the summer of last year and then beat them again at the start of December back on home soil in the Autumn Tests. So that’s a four match winning streak that they are on against the Wallabies and they have lost just one of their last seven against their old rivals as well.

England are trading at 4/11 with Ladbrokes to win this duel with Australia on the weekend and three of their last four victories over them have been by at least ten points. But because they did look a little scrappy, to say the least, last weekend an Australian +8 handicap may be worth covering in this one at a price. Adding a little extra weight to that is the fact that Australia have ran up wins over New Zealand and wales recently. Australia are a 12/5 to pull off the match win.

In the last thirteen meetings between England and Australia at Twickenham, England are well up with a W8 L5 record against Australia. It’s been a little more even though over the last five meetings between them there with England 3-2 up in the head to head. Australia are in form as they are heading to the end of their season and the hosts are really going to have to up their performance levels from the dirge they produced last weekend when even the crowd was starting to turn against them. Expect a tight battle between these two as Australia will turn up and push the hosts hard.

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