Autumn Rugby Internationals Spread Betting Preview
Autumn Rugby Internationals: What's At Stake?
England, Wales and Ireland will head into week two of the autumn internationals full of confidence after securing strong victories in the opening round of fixtures. England just edged a tight encounter at Twickenham to beat the Springboks 12-11 on Saturday, a result that bordered on the miraculous after their first half struggles. Wales maintained their excellent home record by beating Scotland 21-10 to seize the inaugural Doddie Weir Cup. Ireland thrashed Italy 54-7 at Soldier Field in Chicago and they should be confident of a similarly emphatic victory over Argentina in Dublin next weekend.
However, England and Wales face far sterner tests of their mettle as they host New Zealand and Australia respectively. England's game against the All Blacks is the pick of the fixtures in round two and all eyes will be on whether Owen Farrell and co are capable of getting a result against the world's top ranked team.
Eddie Jones' men came into 2018 as the number two team in the world rankings, having won 24 of their last 25 games, and many pundits tipped them to give New Zealand a run for their money at the 2019 World Cup. However, the year has unravelled in spectacular fashion for an England side ravaged by injuries and blighted by confidence issues. They suffered defeats at the hands of Scotland, France and Ireland in a desperately disappointing Six Nations campaign, before slumping to a 2-1 series defeat in South Africa. As a result they have slipped to third in the world rankings, below Ireland, and signs suggested they were in full-on crisis mode.
England Starting to Regain Belief
England's comeback against the Springboks in an extraordinarily chaotic clash at Twickenham on Saturday could give this team a new sense of belief. They discovered discipline and shape in the second half and picked up a precious victory after refusing to wilt in the face of adversity. Yet they now face a far sterner challenge as they take on the all-conquering All Blacks. The visitors are favoured in the England v New Zealand supremacy market at Sporting Index, and they have won their last five matches against the English, although the sides have not met since 2014.
The Total Points market gives you the opportunity to speculate on whether it will be a low-scoring or high-scoring match, without having to stipulate which team will emerge successful. It is a fantastic way of enhancing your enjoyment of a big rugby game and Sporting Index are currently offering a spread of 39-42 points. That means you can either buy at 42 points or sell at 39 points and your stake will be multiplied by how accurate your prediction is.
If the final score is 31-19, that makes 50 points in total. If you had bought at 42 points with a £10 bet, you would make an £80 profit (50 total points - 42 buy price = 8 and 8 x your £10 stake = £80). However, if you bought at 42 and the final score was 21-18, the market would settle at 39 points, so 3 points below the buy price, giving you a loss of three times your stake (£30).
When placing total points spread bets, you do not have to worry about whether one team will win or how the points are scored, as tries, conversions, penalties and drop goals will all add to the total points tally.
It is a really exciting market, because it can turn an otherwise dull game into an 80-minute adrenaline rush. Every penalty attempt becomes charged with significance and each time a player makes a dash towards the line you could find yourself willing him on. The thrill of total points spread betting continues until the last minute of the game, whereas many fixed-odds bets are done and dusted by that point. It is a simple market to understand and it is an excellent option for all rugby fans that want to heighten their experience of watching an entire game.
The last time England played New Zealand, the All Blacks won 24-21 in a thriller at Twickenham that saw 45 points scored in total. The previous clash saw New Zealand win 36-13 at Waikato Stadium in Hamilton, and meetings between these two powerhouses typically result in entertaining affairs. However, there have also been some lower scoring encounters: in June 2014 New Zealand won 20-15 and in November 2009 the All Blacks picked up a 16-9 victory. Both teams have been overhauled since they last met and it will be fascinating to see how Saturday's contest unfolds.
Confident Wales Face Nervy Australia
Following the England game another thrilling encounter lies in store as Wales face Australia. The Welsh have won their last six home games on the bounce, a run that has seen them vanquish both Scotland and South Africa twice, while also beating France and Italy. Australia have lost three of their last four games, but their record against Wales is outstanding, having secured 13 consecutive victories against the Welsh in a run stretching all the way back to November 2008.
The total points spread in this game is 34-37. If you sell at 34 points on the game with a £20 stake and it finishes 15-9 (24 points in total) you would earn 10 times your stake, a profit of £200. But if it were to finish 21-19 (40 points in total) and six points above the sell price, you would lose six times your stake (£120).
The last meeting between these two teams came at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff a year ago and saw 50 points scored as Australia picked up a 29-21 win. The previous encounter finished 32-8 to the Wallabies, but the preceding match was a low scoring encounter as Australia ran out 15-6 winners. Wales will defend with vigour and passion as they bid to arrest their long losing streak against the Australians, and this is shaping up to be another enthralling contest.
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