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After two games each, Wales are bottom of the 2023 Six Nations table having posted the least number of points and conceded the most. England bounced back from their home defeat to Scotland with a strong win over Italy and will travel to Cardiff in good spirits. The Welsh will certainly be motivated for the arrival of England but it remains to be seen if they will be able to put on a strong enough performance in front of their home fans to pick up their first win of the campaign.
Below are our best bets which we recommend ahead of Wales vs England in Cardiff on Saturday afternoon.
Total England Points - Over 25.5
First Tryscorer - Max Malins
@ 9/1 (10.00)
These odds from Ladbrokes were correct at the time of writing.
Wales vs England – Match Prediction
We love our rugby at Pundit Feed and have carefully considered our two choices. Take a look at them alongside our other rugby predictions.
Total England Points – Over 25.5 @ 10/11 (1.91)
It would be an exaggeration to describe England’s play as free-scoring in the 2023 Six Nations tournament so far. That said, they have clocked up 54 points including 23 in their opening game defeat against Scotland and 31 in their win over Italy. However, under new coach Steve Borthwick, building confidence is key and we expect England to play an attacking brand of rugby on Saturday afternoon.
Wales have made changes as they look to turn their campaign around after conceding 69 points (35 at home against Ireland and 34 in Scotland). It would not be a surprise if they kept England to under 30 points but we do expect England to breach the 25.5 mark in this match.
First Tryscorer – Max Malins @ 9/1 (10.00)
Although he went scoreless in the win over Italy a fortnight ago, Max Malins was quick out of the traps in the home tie against Scotland in Round 1 of the competition. He scored two tries in the opening 38 minutes and many observers have called for England to build their attacking game around the quick 26 year old winger.
Wales vs England Preview
Those are our two bets, let’s take a closer look at the players in each team:
The hosts have made nine changes to their team as coach Warren Gatland looks to stem the heavy defeats in the 2023 Six Nations. 20 year old centre Mason Grady is set to make his international debut with Owen Williams starting at number 10 for the first time. The management will be hoping that the return of the experienced Leigh Halfpenny, who will make his 97th Welsh appearance, will make a big difference in the back line.
Wales XV: 15. Leigh Halfpenny, 14. Josh Adams, 13. Mason Grady, 12. Joe Hawkins, 11. Louis Rees-Zammit, 10. Owen Williams, 9. Tomos Williams, 1. Gareth Thomas, 2. Ken Owens (c), 3. Tomas Francis, 4. Adam Beard, 5. Alun Wyn Jones, 6. Christ Tshiunza, 7. Justin Tipuric, 8. Taulupe Faletau.
After getting their first win of the campaign in Round 2, England have announced only one change to the team who defeated Italy at Twickenham. A knee injury keeps Ollie Hassell-Collins out of the team with Anthony Watson coming in for his first England start since 2021. Courtney Lawes and Ben Curry will be on the bench in Cardiff.
England XV:15. Freddie Steward, 14. Max Malins 13. Henry Slade, 12. Ollie Lawrence, 11. Anthony Watson, 10. Owen Farrell (c), 9. Jack van Poortvliet, 1. Ellis Genge, 2. Jamie George, 3. Kyle Sinckler, 4.Maro Itoje, 5. Ollie Chessum, 6. Lewis Ludlam, 7. Jack Willis, 8. Alex Dombrandt.
Wales vs England Head to Head
The two countries have been very well matched over the years with England leading the head to head by a narrow 66-60 scoreline. However, England have won four of the last six and eight of the last 11 clashes against Wales.
Wales vs England Match Details
- Date and time: Saturday 25th of February at 4:45 PM GMT.
- Venue: Principality Stadium, Cardiff, Wales.
- How to watch Wales vs England in the UK: BBC