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Northern Hemisphere international rugby gets underway this weekend, in what is perhaps the most important Six Nations of this generation. England will open their campaign under a new coach at Twickenham, against a Scottish side that have made a habit of upsetting their big brother in recent years. We look at all the best bets to place ahead of kick off on Saturday night.
England to Win
Eng to Score >1 Converted Try Each Half
These odds from William Hill were correct at the time of writing.
England vs Scotland – Match Prediction
Here at Pundit Feed, we love our rugby predictions. These are the best two wagers we suggest taking on this match:
England to Win @ 3/10 (1.30)
This is a fascinating clash to open the Six Nations for both sides. England have just ousted their head coach Eddie Jones, in favour of Steven Borthwick, and are something of an unknown quantity. Scotland, on the other hand, have been hot and cold, producing some competitive performances in late 2022 and defeating England in their past two meetings.
We say Borthwick will have rallied the troops, and it’s hard to see Scotland getting three wins in a row over their big brother here. Expect a solid while not spectacular performance by England that is enough to pick up the points on Saturday.
England to Score Over 1 Converted Try Each Half @ 9/2 (5.50)
This is certainly a riskier bet, but consider the 38-38 draw that played out the second-to-last time these two met at Twickenham, and it seems a worthy gamble. England should be starting the year with some intent, and will likely pick up a try and a penalty or two in each half, making this a lucrative bet at 9/2 (5.50).
England vs Scotland Preview
With these two bets in mind, here’s a brief look at how each team is shaping up:
England will quickly be looking to regroup and build some momentum into the World Cup under Steve Borthwick. They have a prime opportunity here as well, with Scotland, Italy and Wales as their first three Six Nations games, followed by France at home. They’re a long shot to win the tournament, but could very well head into the final week still in with a chance—provided they get the points here against Scotland.
England team: 15 Freddie Steward, 14 Max Malins, 13 Joe Marchant, 12 Owen Farrell (c), 11 Ollie Hassell-Collins, 10 Marcus Smith, 9 Jack van Poortvliet, 8 Alex Dombrandt, 7 Ben Curry, 6 Lewis Ludlam, 5 Ollie Chessum, 4 Maro Itoje, 3 Kyle Sinckler, 2 Jamie George, 1 Ellis Genge, 16 Jack Walker, 17 Mako Vunipola, 18 Dan Cole, 19 Nick Isiekwe, 20 Ben Earl, 21 Ben Youngs, 22 Ollie Lawrence, 23 Anthony Watson.
The Scots have quite enjoyed travelling to Twickenham of late, winning this fixture 11-6 last time they were here, and drawing the year before that. They come into 2023 off the back of a solid end to 2022 which saw them pick up solid wins over Fiji and Argentina, and narrowly lose to Australia and New Zealand. They’ll be targeting two wins minimum in this campaign, and would love to get another over next door neighbours England.
Scotland team: 15 Stuart Hogg, 14 Kyle Steyn, 13 Huw Jones, 12 Sione Tuipulotu, 11 Duhan van der Merwe, 10 Finn Russell, 9 Ben White, 8 Matt Fagerson, 7 Luke Crosbie, 6 Jamie Ritchie (c), 5 Grant Gilchrist, 4 Richie Gray, 3 WP Nel, 2 George Turner, 1 Pierre Schoeman, 16 Fraser Brown, 17 Jamie Bhatti, 18 Simon Berghan, 19 Jonny Gray, 20 Jack Dempsey, 21 George Horne, 22 Blair Kinghorn, 23 Chris Harris.
England vs Scotland Head to Head
England lead the head to head between these two teams with 76 wins to Scotland’s 45, while they’ve drawn 19 times. However, Scotland have won the previous two encounters, with the latest a 20-17 victory in Edinburgh in 2022.
England vs Scotland Match Details
- Date and time: Saturday 4th of January at 4:45 PM GMT.
- Venue: Twickenham, London, England.
- How to watch England vs Scotland Six Nations in the UK: ITV1.