England v France Betting Tips & Predictions – Sunday 10th February 2019

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Can England continue their bid for Grand Slam success when they host France this weekend? They go into the final Six Nations match of the round looking to build on a great result in Dublin. After edging out the champions on their own turf, Eddie Jones and his side should be in a great position to claim another victory this weekend.

The French are hoping to build on their strong display in the opening game. They were beaten by Wales in Paris last Friday night, and now they go into this clash aiming to get some points to back up a strong display. They’ve added some young blood in crucial positions, and this new French generation should make this a close clash at Twickenham.

Top Tips

France +15 Point Handicap @ 8/11

England Winning Margin 1-5 Points @ 6/1

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England News: Will it be Two from Two?

Twickenham Rugby Stadium Entrance

England sent a shockwave through the tournament with their victory in Dublin, which opened up the tournament. The opening weekend saw victories for Scotland and Wales, while the French put in a strong display in their loss to the Welsh. That’s left us with a very open tournament, which also makes England’s aim of securing two wins from two seem difficult.

Grand Slam Pressure

The English are now targeting a grand slam, following their impressive success in Dublin. After seeing off the favourites, the expectation to win every game in the tournament is there. Sending Jones out on a high ahead of his departure at the end of the year also has to be a target for a side who have seemingly put a difficult 2018 behind them.

England Facing Injuries

England may have won in Dublin, but Maro Itoje is set to pay the price. A knee injury keeps him out of the meetings with France and Wales, after taking a hit in the brutal meeting with the Irish. That full blooded contest will have left more than a few marks for both sides, so Jones has work to do to get his side ready for another big clash.

France News: Building on Paris Promise

France Rugby Match Against England at the Stade de France

The last few years haven’t been kind to the French, but they showed promise in their clash with Wales. They introduced some fresh faces in an attempt to turn things around, and they very nearly pulled off a victory. It’s hard to see them not challenging the other top sides after that success.

England Warned of Angry French

Former England man Chris Ashton has given his opinions on the French ahead of this meeting. The Toulon man has said that the French are hurting after blowing a 16-point lead over Wales. “We’ve got a big Test against France – an angry France,” Ashton said ahead of the game. “They will be up for the game against us a little bit more now than they would have been had they got the win.”

Analysis: England Hype in Full Flow

Now that England are off to a winning start, the hype train is in full flow. That has seen them cut to odds of just 1/6 to win this weekend’s clash, with the French out at 9/2. The draw is a huge 33/1, so clearly the English are being backed for another positive result. However, could Ashton’s analysis prove to be right?

England to Continue Streak

England have won their last six meetings at home with France in the Six Nations, a run they’ll be out to add to. Their victory against the Irish has certainly raised expectations, and we do see them delivering a victory. However, the French are capable of moments of brilliance, and they could really test England at Twickenham this weekend.

Another Narrow France Defeat

While we see England winning this one, it should be a close game. The fact that the hosts have been cut so heavily in their price allows us to get some handicap value here. The French with a 15 point handicap lead is price at 8/11, despite the fact that five of their last six encounters in England have had smaller margins than that. In fact, we think England will land a narrow home win over France for the third straight game, so we’re going with the hosts to win by a one to five point margin, which can be found at an inviting price of 6/1.

Recent Matches

Last year’s dismal campaign included a loss in Paris for the English, pushing them into fifth place overall. However, historically England have the edge, with an impressive 57 wins from their 104 matches losing only 40 times. That’s been seen in recent years, with England winning two of the last three clashes between these two sides.

10th March 2018: France 22 – 16 England

England were edged out in last season’s clash, with the two sides each having poor campaigns. They couldn’t be separated during the first half, with three penalties each putting them level at 9-9 at the break. France edged the second half to win it, another setback in a poor year for Jones and co.

4th February 2017: England 19 – 16 France

It was the same story in 2016, six penalties sent the pair in level at 9-9 at the break. Another close game, which gives us an idea of how this season’s encounter is going to go. England edged the second half 10-7, giving them the points as they moved towards another title.

19th March 2016: France 21 – 31 England

England didn’t leave anything in the balance in their 2016 visit to Paris. They were in control of each half, banking another victory on their way to claiming a Grand Slam. The French finished this campaign with just four points and sat in fifth place, but they’re likely to be more competitive this time around.

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