Odds: England 91/100, Draw 16/1, Ireland 91/100
Kick Off: 1445, 17/03/2018
England were denied Grand Slam glory by Ireland in Dublin 12 months ago, but we’re backing them to gain revenge by doing the same to the men in green at Twickenham.
It has been a frustrating Six Nations campaign for Eddie Jones’ side, but spoiling the new champions’ St Patrick’s Day party would provide some consolation.
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England were given a wake-up call when pushed hard in a 12-6 win over Wales at this venue but failed to heed that warning.
Back-to-back away defeats against Scotland and France ended hopes of a third straight Six Nations title.
Failings at the breakdown were exposed on both occasions, but we feel England were also a little hard done to by the match officials in each game.
A whopping 16 penalties saw them whistled out of contention by referee Jaco Peyper in Paris and Jones confessed: “It’s just a tough period for us.
“Any team that is developing, as we are, goes through tough periods where the game does not love you.
“If the game loves us, then we might have won against France, but we didn’t get the bounce of the ball, we didn’t get the 50/50 decisions and we are in the losers’ chair.”
Back at fortress Twickenham, with a passionate home crowd to assist them, those borderline calls are more likely to go in favour of England, though.
A tight tussle looks assured, but we like 7/4 for the hosts to oblige by 1-12 points from the England vs Ireland odds.
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Ireland were at their clinical best when beating Scotland 28-8, strangling the life out of the visitors with relentless tough tackling and grinding out the hard yards going forward.
That completed a trio of Aviva Stadium victories, with more free-flowing rugby on display in defeats of Italy and Wales.
However, we haven’t forgotten how France pushed Joe Schmidt’s side all the way to the wire on the opening weekend, providing a blueprint for how England can outmuscle the men in green up front.
“Looking back on last year and losing in Ireland, that will be an incentive to push on this weekend,” said England number eight Sam Simmonds.
“If we perform well, we know results do come from that. Hopefully we put on a good performance for the Twickenham crowd.
“We have a job to do, because we owe ourselves and our fans. We want to keep our record going and be the dominant force and put our game on this Irish side.
“We are not happy with performances and results of the last couple of weeks, but it’s a huge game against Ireland and we are all pushing in the right direction.”
The hosts will be going all out from the first whistle and 81/50 they lead at half-time and full-time completes our England vs Ireland betting tips.
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