Can Wales make it a clean sweep in this year’s Six Nations?
Wayne Pivac’s side already have the Triple Crown in the can. Now the Welsh can seal a second Grand Slam in the space of three years if they can see off closest rivals France.
Here’s our look at the latest Six Nations outright betting…
SIX NATIONS BETTING | CAN WALES WIN IT?
🏉 Wales are 9/25 favourites with Marathonbet to lift the Six Nations trophy, with France second favourites at 11/5 as the pair clash on Saturday night. 🏉
Six Nations Tips | Round 5 Betting
SCOTLAND VS ITALY
Scotland’s work in this year’s tournament isn’t quite done yet, with a rescheduled date for their postponed Round 3 tussle with France yet to be confirmed.
However they can ‘sign off’ the official final round with a morale-boosting win against Italy after seeing a tournament that started with so much promise fizzle out with narrow defeats to Wales and Ireland.
After storming to a famous Calcutta Cup win at Twickenham in Round 1, Gregor Townsend’s side looked primed to outperform last year’s fourth-place finish, but poor in-game judgements continue to prove costly for the Scots, who look destined for another finish in the lower reaches of the Six Nations table even if, as expected, they win handsomely this weekend.
IRELAND VS ENGLAND
If Eddie Jones’ major priority ahead of playing France was to focus on getting the basics right and restoring some pride, his players more than responded.
England more than delivered on that front against France as they cut out the self-inflicted errors to record a deserved 23-20 victory to end Les Bleus’ Grand Slam hopes.
Jones will be hoping that determination to grind out the win is on display in Dublin as England chase a fifth win in succession against the Irish, but Andy Farrell’s men got their tactics spot on against Scotland.
A superbly committed display from Hugo Keenan ably backed up by old timers Robbie Henshaw and Jonny Sexton carried the Irish over the finishing line in a 27-24 win.
That solid spine could see the Irish squeak home at the Aviva, with Jones also facing a possible selection headache if key man Henry Slade is forced to withdraw.
FRANCE VS WALES
The best is saved until last on Saturday night.
Only France now stand in the way of a remarkable turnaround in fortunes for Wayne Pivac and Wales.
After a disastrous fifth-place finish in his first Six Nations campaign, the New Zealander has the chance to emulate his countryman Warren Gatland in guiding the Welsh to Grand Slam success in 2021. Pivac’s men kept their hopes on course with a routine 48-7 win over Italy in Rome last Saturday, with the hosts only momentarily troubling the Six Nations leaders with a try in the second half.
The Welsh have been pragmatic rather than crowd-pleasing for the most part in this tournament and may need to show a little more flair to outflank a stubborn French outfit and emerge from this year’s competition all-conquering.
Fabien Galthié’s side have had the upper hand in their last two contests, with Antoine Dupont inspirational in guiding Les Blues to a comprehensive 38-21 win in their Autumn Nations Cup warm-up encounter last October.
Fixture information and odds correct at time of writing but may be subject to change.
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