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England vs Ireland: Jones men to end campaign on a high at Twickenham

England vs Ireland Match Preview and Predictions

The title may have been decided last weekend but Ireland remain on a mission to win the Six Nations grand slam for only the third time with victory against England on St Patrick's Day.

England have surprisingly fallen short in a tournament they were expected to win, losing back-to-back games against Scotland and France, the latter effectively handing the title to Ireland for the third time in five years under Joe Schmidt.

The Six Nations is not totally dead for Eddie Jones who finds himself in the reverse position as last year when Ireland won 13-9 in Dublin to deny England the grand slam.

Team news

England back-rowers Nathan Hughes and Courtney Lawes have been ruled out of the game with knee injuries they sustained against France. Dan Armand has been recalled as cover for Exeter team-mate Sam Simmonds. Skipper Dylan Hartley is expected to return from a calf injury, but Elliot Daly remains doubtful with a knee problem.

Ireland prop Cian Healy has recovered from a shoulder injury and should be fit to start at Twickenham.

Match-up history and facts

Ireland set a new record of 11 consecutive wins with the 28-8 victory over Scotland and also leapfrogged England into second place in the World Rugby rankings.

The Irish start the match as 10/11 favourites against an England side staring down the barrel of their worst Six Nations since 2006. England could even finish as low as fifth in the table should Ireland complete the grand slam.

Despite their current troubles, England have a good record against Ireland on home territory, winning the last three Six Nations matches by 11, 3 and 21 point margins, plus a 2015 Rugby World Cup warm-up win thrown in for good measure.

As well as Ireland have been playing, home advantage cannot be dismissed in this tournament. Italy aside, there has been only one win on the road in this season's competition and that came courtesy of Johnny Sexton's boot in the last minute in Paris.

Seven home wins from eight cannot be ignored and let's not forget England have also won their last 13 matches at HQ, their last defeat coming three years ago in that heavy beating by Australia at the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

The momentum is with Ireland, but a vocal home crowd can at least inspire England to finish a disappointing campaign on a high. Our England vs Ireland betting tip is for England to beat Ireland at 21/20.

England vs Ireland Betting Tips

England to beat Ireland @ 21/20

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Warren Barner
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