England v Australia Rugby Union Betting Preview

Rugby Union
Updated Saturday 3rd December 2016, 04:11 PM


The first weekend of December will deliver an early Christmas present to rugby union fans when England take on Australia at Twickenham. The match between the old rivals will kick off at 2:30pm on Saturday 3rd December, and England are the hot favourites to win according to the oddsmakers, which isn’t surprising given the fact that the team has won all three of its autumn internationals so far. Will England make it four from four, or will Australia ruin their perfect record?

How the Bookies See It:

  • Match Winner: England 1/4, Australia 3/1, Draw 20/1 – Ladbrokes
  • Handicap Betting: England (-9) 10/11, Australia (+9) 10/11, Draw (-9) 16/1 – Coral
  • Half Time/Full Time: England-England 8/13, Australia-England 5/1, Australia-Australia 5/1 – Paddy Power

Form

  • England have won all three of their autumn internationals this year, and their first success was a 37-21 victory over South Africa on 12th November. They followed that with a 58-15 win against Fiji on 19th November, and they will come to this fourth and final autumn international on the back of a 27-14 win over Argentina on 26th November. England will be without Elliot Daly thanks to a three-week ban for a dangerous tackle he committed in the match against Argentina, and he is likely to be replaced by Marland Yarde or Semesa Rokuduguni for this Saturday’s test. Nathan Hughes is expected to replace recently injured Billy Vunipola, who will be out of action for several months.
  • Australia haven’t got the 100% success rate that England are currently enjoying, but they have still won three out of four autumn internationals. Their first win, with a final score of 32-8, was over Wales on 5th November, and they then secured a narrow 23-22 victory over Scotland on 12th November. Australia beat France 25-23 on 19th November, but then lost 24-27 to Ireland on 26th November. Australia have played England a total of 47 times and have won 25 of those matches whilst drawing one. Their last meeting at Twickenham in 2015 saw them win 33-13. The Wallabies have since suffered a 0-3 series loss to England in June of this year.

Sports.net’s View

England are in sparkling form of late, and will be very keen to achieve their fourth autumn international success by beating Australia this Saturday. The loss of Elliot Daly and Billy Vunipola is obviously bad news, but their likely replacements are perfectly capable and shouldn’t diminish England’s chances one bit.

Whilst England have bad memories of losing to Australia at Twickenham last year, their 3-0 series win over the Wallabies in June should ensure that they are in a positive frame of mind when they face them again this Saturday. Given the recent form of both teams – and the superior winning margins achieved by England in particular – we are confident that England will succeed, and we will side with them in the Double Result market to beat Australia at both half-time and full-time.

  • Sports.net’s top tip: England-England in the Half Time/Full Time market – 8/13 with Paddy Power

*Please note that odds may fluctuate in the run-up to kick-off.

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Last Updated: Saturday, 3 December 2016 04:11:09+00:00
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