Six Nations odds: Ireland can spoil Welsh title party in Cardiff
Three teams are still in with a chance of winning the title ahead of the final round of Six Nations rugby fixtures this weekend.
Wales are 3/4 favourites in the Six Nations odds to win the competition and secure a third Grand Slam under coach Warren Gatland, but England and Ireland can also win the championship.
Gatland's side secured their 13th consecutive Test victory with an 18-11 win against Scotland at Murrayfield last weekend when we were on the money with two of our three predictions to extend our run to nine successful tips from 12 in our Six Nations preview.
We have three more betting tips for this weekend's final 6 Nations fixtures which can be combined at over 6/1 in a treble and qualify for a 5% cash boost as part of our acca offer.
Here are our best Six Nations betting tips for which we have a range of markets available:
- France -9.5 pts to beat Italy 10/11
- Ireland to beat Wales 11/10
- England -18.5 pts to beat Scotland 17/20
[All odds correct at time of publication]
Six Nations predictions
Italy vs France (Sat, 12.30pm, ITV)
Italy's fate of winning the wooden spoon for the fourth year in a row has already been settled ahead of the last of their 6 Nations fixtures against France in Rome.
Conor O'Shea's side were put to the sword last Saturday when England ran in eight tries at Twickenham to record a 57-14 victory and leave Italy bottom of the table without a point.
France have won the last six Tests against Italy which also included a 32-10 victory in a pool game at the 2015 World Cup.
Five of those wins were by 17 points or more, but they should not presume victory is in the bag as they learned to their cost with narrow defeats in Rome in 2011 and 2013.
Les Bleus were poor in Dublin and 18/5 on an Italy win certainly catches the eye, but the first of our picks from the Six Nations odds is for France to win with a -9.5 points handicap at 10/11.
Wales vs Ireland (Sat, 2.45pm, BBC1)
The most important of the Six Nations rugby fixtures takes place at the Principality Stadium in the second of Saturday's games when Wales hope to wrap up the title for the first time in six years.
The Grand Slam is also on the line but despite winning all four matches so far, Wales could conceivably finish third should they lose to Ireland, and England beat Scotland.
Four of the last five encounters between these teams have been won by the host nation with the other ending up a rare draw in Dublin three years ago.
Ireland certainly looked to have got their mojo back with a bonus-point 26-14 win against a disorganised French team last weekend when the visitors scored two consolation tries thanks to a man advantage in the closing stages.
🗣️"The home ground get right behind the Welsh team there. You've got to put 80 minutes together in Cardiff."-- Guinness Six Nations (@SixNationsRugby) March 12, 2019
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The Six Nations odds tell us that there is very little between these two teams with Wales priced at 4/5 and Ireland 11/10.
We may live to regret this, but the secondt of our Six Nations betting tips is for Ireland to win. Wales were below par against an injury-ravaged Scotland team last weekend when Ireland looked very impressive.
England vs Scotland (Sat, 5pm, ITV)
Saturday's Calcutta Cup could prove to be a Six Nations 2019 title decider if Ireland do England the biggest of favours by defeating Wales in Cardiff.
Scotland have not won at Twickenham since 1983 and last season's 25-13 victory at Murrayfield ended a run of eight successive defeats by the Auld Enemy.
Belaguered Scotland coach Gregor Townsend was rocked by more bad news at the start of the week with key backs Tommy Seymour, Blair Kinghorn and Stuart Hogg all ruled out of the final Six Nations match, one which could determine the destination of the title.
Counterpart Eddie Jones will definitely be without second-row Maro Itoje who has failed to recover from the knee ligament injury he sustained against Ireland.
However, his replacement George Kruis was singled out as the man of the match against Italy which highlights England's strength in depth.
SQUAD UPDATE | Back-three trio Tommy Seymour, Blair Kinghorn and Stuart Hogg have been ruled out of this Saturday's final Guinness Six Nations Test against England. Jackson and Steyn added. More below...https://t.co/9T9qiuw3lc-- Scottish Rugby (@Scotlandteam) March 11, 2019
The atmosphere may be slightly flat if Wales beat Ireland an hour earlier, but if the title is on the line we suspect England can overcome a -18.5 points handicap at Six Nations odds of 17/20 even though Scotland have yet to lose by such a margin in this year's championship.
Injuries have proved Scotland's undoing this season and Townsend will just be glad to end the Six Nations 2019 with a positive performance.
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