Wales v England - Six Nations 2019 Preview
Unbeaten Two go Head-To-Head as Wales Face England in The Six Nations
Wales and England will lock horns in a Six Nations title decider in Cardiff on Saturday and it promises to be a thrilling clash. Both teams are unbeaten heading into the game and whoever prevails will be all but certain to go on and lift the title.
England pulled off a huge upset by beating Ireland in Dublin on the opening weekend and they followed it up with a fine victory over France. They top the table after picking up two bonus points, but Wales are hot on their heels and Warren Gatland’s men will be desperate to overcome them this weekend.
The Wales coach declared that his team would go on to win the Six Nations if they triumphed against France in their opener. His team duly delivered, staging a dramatic second half comeback in Paris to pick up a tense 24-19 victory. They started in sluggish fashion and trailed 16-0 at half-time, but they were rejuvenated after the break and clawed their way back into the game. France looked as though they would cling on, but a moment of madness from lock Sebastien Vahaamahina gifted Wales the win. He chucked a reckless pass into oblivion, which George North gobbled up before darting to the line, sparking scenes of jubilation among the travelling fans.
Eddie Jones’ Men Surging with Confidence
Next up Wales laboured to a 26-15 win against Italy in Rome to bolster their title credentials. Fans will be pleased with the results, but the performances have not been entirely convincing and they will need to generate a vast improvement if they are to topple England on Saturday. The English took the gloss off Wales’ victory over France by annihilating Les Bleus at Twickenham last time out. It was an extremely uneven clash, as England ran out 44-8 winners and the scoreline could have been heavier if they had not taken a foot off the pedal a little towards the end of the game.
This team is surging with confidence at present after toppling Ireland in Dublin in what was arguably the finest victory of the Eddie Jones era. The Irish went into the game as defending Six Nations champions and they were being touted as the world’s best team after beating New Zealand in November. Yet England thoroughly outclassed them, romping to a 32-20 victory on the back of superb defending, precise kicking and opportunism on the ball. Mako Vunipola, Billy Vunipola and Manu Tuilagi gave Jones’ men a huge boost by returning to the side and England were transformed. Fans can now approach this year's World Cup in Japan full of confidence, but first they will bid to regain the Six Nations.
Who are the current Six Nations Favourites?
England now comfortably lead the way in the Six Nations Outright Index. They have an Outright Index of 54-57, and the winning team is given 60 points, while the runner-up gets 40, suggesting that Jones’ men are within touching distance of glory. Ireland are next, with a spread of 31-34, while Wales are third in the list at 26-29. Yet that could all change if they manage to pull off a famous win in Cardiff on Saturday. They would then have to contend with a trip to Scotland and a home clash with Ireland, but their destiny would be in their own hands.
However, recent history is against Wales. England have won their last two trips to Cardiff, triumphing by a 21-16 scoreline in both 2017 and 2015. They have also won their last four meetings with Wales when you factor in home and away games. The last time the Welsh managed to beat England in the Six Nations was back in 2013, and Gatland's men will bid to channel the spirit of that 30-3 victory. On that day, England knew that victory or even a defeat by less than six points would see them clinch the title, but Wales put them to the sword with an outrageously dominant performance and lifted the trophy instead.
The atmosphere in Cardiff will be electric once again this weekend and you can expect more demonstrations of Welsh passion, pride and defiance when the national anthem rings out around the Principality Stadium. For the English, it will turn into a cauldron of animosity. Scrum half Danny Care recently spoke of old ladies giving the team the finger and all manner of abuse being hurled at the team. “There was one lad who ran at the bus, jumped and head-butted the side of the bus,” he said.
Wales v England Team News
The Six Nations spread betting markets show that England are the favourites to win this game. However, they will have to go to Cardiff without three key men, as Maro Itoje, Chris Ashton and the Mako Vunipola are all injured. The latter has arguably been the player of the tournament thus far, while Itoje is one of best players in the world and Ashton is a real livewire. They will be missed, but England have a deep pool of talent and it will be interesting to see the likes of Joe Cokanasiga and Ellis Genge given a chance to shine.
Leigh Halfpenny could return for Wales and Dan Biggar is also back, giving the team a further boost. Gareth Anscombe is set to start in the number 10 jersey, but Biggar is a dangerous option to have on the bench. Jones has warned his men that they will be coming up against the best Wales team ever, and the stakes are extremely high. He brought in former England football captain John Terry to give the team a pep talk, and his lads will also be well up for a battle.
It promises to be a classic in Cardiff and we have a number of Six Nations spread betting markets on offer to help heighten the thrill you experience when watching this huge game.
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