England odds now as low as 1/6 to win the Six Nations

England odds now as low as 1/6 to win the Six Nations

England’s Six Nations odds are now extremely short

It has been an outstanding start to the Six Nations for England. Eddie Jones’ side opened their campaign with a shock 32-20 win against Ireland in Dublin, that was only Ireland’s second defeat in over 12 months. They then backed that up with a resounding 44-8 win against France at Twickenham in the second round of fixtures, a result which was their biggest victory over Les Bleus in 108 years.

It was a brilliant performance from England against France, with Jonny May in particular impressing. The winger showed his electric pace as he scored a hat-trick of tries in less than 30 minutes, whilst Henry Slade and captain Owen Farrell also bagged themselves tries in the match. The French could not handle England’s kicking game, with the home side constantly piling the pressure on with kicks forward that turned France’s back three inside out.

England’s start has been so impressive that bookmakers have slashed their odds to win the 2019 Six Nations championship. Prior to the tournament they were seen as second favourites behind Ireland with odds of around 7/2, then after beating the reigning champions they were slashed into 8/11. Now they are down to 1/6 with Paddy Power, with their crushing win over France obviously enough to convince the bookmakers that they are the team to beat.

England’s Owen Farrell (centre) and his team-mates have a team huddle after their win in the Guinness Six Nations match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin.

Wales v England could be decisive

England now have three matches left in the tournament and two of them come at home. They play both Italy and Scotland at Twickenham in rounds four and five, and the omens for success in those matches are certainly good. Indeed the Italians have never won at this stadium in their history and are by far the weakest team in the competition, whilst Scotland themselves have failed to win at the home of England for 36 years. You would therefore have to fancy Jones and his team to pick up wins from both of these matches.

Their only other remaining fixture is an away test against Wales, and it seems incredibly likely that match could prove to be the decisive match of the Championship. The Welsh have also made an excellent start to their Six Nations campaign, coming from 16-0 down to beat France whilst also securing an away win at Italy more recently. They currently sit second place in the table on eight points, two behind England after failing to pick up any bonus points yet which could be key and it looks set to be a head-to-head battle between the two for the title, with Wales priced at around 5/1 outright with most bookmakers.

Whilst Wales rugby fans will be happy that their side has picked up two wins out of two, there is no doubting that they have been nowhere near as impressive as England so far. They were fairly lacklustre in beating the Italians, albeit with a heavily rotated side, and their points difference is already 32 less than their rivals.

That said, Jones has recently described Gatland’s men as the best Welsh team of all time and said that they will have to be at their absolute best to win. Wales are also enjoying a run of 11 straight Test wins and a 12th against their fiercest rivals would be a record breaking achievement for the nation. The bookmakers have England as favourites though despite being away from home, with Betfair offering odds of 4/7 whilst Wales are best priced at 13/8 with Sky Bet.

Warren Gatland’s Wales should prove to be England’s toughest opposition.

Could England win the Triple Crown and Grand Slam?

There is a definite possibility now that England could clinch both the Triple Crown and Grand Slam this year. To win the first they will need to beat Wales in Cardiff and Scotland at home, but bookmakers think that will happen with them being odds on to do so with a best price of 10/11 with Sky Bet.

As for the Grand Slam, they would need to win the two matches just mentioned as well as beating Italy. Beating the Italians is almost a formality and therefore the odds are not too different for a Grand Slam win to what they are for the Triple Crown, with Sky Bet once again offering the best odds at 1/1.

England lead the 2019 Six Nations after two rounds of fixtures.

Full Six Nations Winner Odds:

(All odds from bet365)

England – 1/5

Wales – 5/1

Ireland – 11/1

Scotland – 50/1

France – 500/1

Italy – 5000/1

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