England v Scotland Betting Tips & Predictions – Saturday 16th March 2019

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What exactly is at stake as England take on Scotland on Saturday? We know these two will fight for the Calcutta Cup, but will there be more to motivate them? That’s a question that can only be answered minutes before these two kick off at Twickenham. This clash could be England’s path to the Six Nations Championship, or just a slow wind up to their campaign.

This clash takes place directly after Wales and Ireland’s possible title decider in Cardiff. A victory for the Irish opens things up for England to sneak in and potentially take the title. However, should the Welsh complete the Grand Slam, then it’s all over, and the Calcutta Cup will be the grand prize that these two sides scrap over. Despite that uncertainty, we’re predicting a big finish to this season’s Championship, as the hosts chase a thumping victory.

Top Tips

England to Win -18 Point Handicap @ 10/11

England by 21-30 Points @ 13/5

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England News: Warm Reception for Departing Jones

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Regardless of how the final day shapes up, England fans will be waving off Eddie Jones in this clash. The coach will be in charge for the World Cup, but his final Six Nations clash is the start of the long goodbye. The big question is, can he depart as a champion?

England to Send Message

The hosts will be hoping to keep the title fight going, but even if they don’t there are expectations here. After fifth place last year, they can’t slump at the end of this season’s Six Nations. Seeing off the Scots is crucial, especially as this tournament is a platform for the World Cup in a few months’ time. The hosts will be expected to lay down a marker with their performance here, and wrap things up on a high note.

Scotland News: Scots Hopeful Amid Barren Run

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There have been clear steps forward for Scotland in recent years, but they haven’t won at Twickenham since 1983. They have an awful record here to turn around, having lost 45 of 66 meetings in England, which doesn’t inspire much confidence in the visitors. They are also fighting history in another regard. England have won 28 of 29 home meetings with sides in blue in this competition.

Problems for Low Scoring Scots

The big issue facing the visitors here is their lack of tries. They’ve scored fewer than any of the other nations so far, including Italy. While their overall displays have been strong, they aren’t getting the results. The absence of Blair Kinghorn, Tommy Seymour and Stuart Hogg here won’t exactly help either.

Analysis: England Hoping to Push for Glory

With the prospect of the title ahead, England are heavy favourites to secure a big finish to the campaign on Saturday. They’ve been priced up at odds of just 1/14 to take the points in their final game. Scotland can be found at 8/1 to cause a shock, making them the biggest outsiders of the round. The draw sits out at 40/1, with only one previous meeting between these two finishing level in the last 29 years.

England May Need Big Display

There’s every chance that this Six Nations race will be so tight that it comes down to points difference. The Irish head to Wales chasing a bonus point victory, which England would then need to match. Should they miss out on the title, the home fans will be expecting an adventurous display from England regardless. We expect them to try and get forward here, which could leave them with a healthy margin of victory over the low-scoring visitors. The Scots come here having failed to win their last 19 trips in the Six Nations as the outsiders, and they’re very much underdogs for this one.

Comfortable Win in Jones’ Sign off

We’re backing the hosts to wrap things up by seeing off the visitors. There’s not a lot of value in England at 1/14, but they are worth looking at the on the handicap market. The handicap set for them here is 18 points, which should be covered after thumping wins over Italy and France here. In their two home Six Nations games, the hosts have scored over 100 points, conceding just 22. They should see a slightly closer game here, but Scotland aren’t likely to post much of a response. As a result, we’re backing the visitors with a -18 point handicap, while we’re going with England to win by a 21 to 30 point margin, which can be backed at odds of 13/5.

Recent Matches

Over the years, the English have had the upper hand over their rivals. They have won 75 of their clashes with Scotland, while they’ve lifted the Calcutta Cup on 70 occasions to Scotland’s 40. However, can they continue that success over their big rivals in this weekend’s clash at Twickenham?

24th February 2018: Scotland 25 – 13 England

England may have the overall edge in the Calcutta Cup, but Scotland currently hold it. They completed a victory over the English at Murrayfield in last year’s championship, after blitzing them with 22 first half points in front of a roaring home crowd.

11th March 2017: England 61 – 21 Scotland

That win in Edinburgh was likely revenge for a heavy defeat the last time these two met in London. Scotland conceded 30 points in each half in this defeat, as they were completely outclassed by an England side who went on to secure the title.

6th February 2016: Scotland 9 – 15 England

England’s recent domination over the Scots continued at Murrayfield two years ago. They won a tight clash thanks to a strong second-half display. They kicked off the campaign in that clash, and it proved to be one of their biggest tests on the way towards securing the Grand Slam that year.

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