- England have won two autumn internationals from two so far, beating South Africa 37-21 on Saturday 12th November before going on to score a 58-15 victory over Fiji last weekend. That means England have now won twelve matches in a row, and they show no signs of slowing down. Argentina haven’t fared nearly as well, losing 20-24 to Wales and then losing 16-19 to Scotland. England and Argentina last played each other in 2013, when England won 31-12.
- Ireland have two wins from three autumn internationals matches to their credit. The first victory was secured against New Zealand on Saturday 5th November, when they won 40-29, and their second was against Canada on Saturday 12th November, with the match ending 52-21. The team then suffered a 9-21 loss to New Zealand last Saturday. Australia have won both of their two games, beating Wales 32-8 and then Scotland 23-22. Ireland last faced Australia in November 2014, when Ireland won 26-23.
- Scotland bounced back from their defeat to Australia by beating Argentina 19-16 on Saturday 19th November. Georgia lost a match to Japan by 22-28 on 12th November, but will be coming here on the back of a 20-16 win over Samoa last Saturday. Scotland and Georgia have only played each other once before, and that was in 2011, when Scotland won 15-6.
- Wales didn’t get off to the best start in the autumn internationals, losing their first match 8-32 to Australia. Fortunately, they followed that with a 24-20 success over Argentina and a 33-30 win over Japan, so they will come here in good form. South Africa held the Barbarians to a 31-31 draw on 5th November, and then lost 21-37 to England on the 12th November. Wales last met South Africa in 2015, and on that occasion South Africa won 23-19.
England and Scotland looked fairly nailed on to win their matches against Argentina and Georgia. Unfortunately for us, the bookies are also aware of that and have responded by offering short odds that don’t make those particular home nations very attractive as outright bets.
We also fancy Wales to beat South Africa, especially given the recent form of those two teams, but Wales have only achieved that feat twice in over thirty meetings, so we prefer to side with Ireland to beat Australia. Ireland were very deserving of the wide-margin wins that they achieved earlier this month over New Zealand and Canada, and we will keep our fingers crossed that they can dominate Australia in a similar manner.
- Sports.net’s top tip: Ireland to beat Australia – 5/6
*Please note that odds may fluctuate in the run-up to kick-off.