Six Nations Round 3 Preview

The third round of matches in the Six Nations take place this weekend, with the top four sides all meeting each other.

Wales vs. France

After a surprise bottom place finish in 2013, France have upped their performances this time around and go into Friday night’s game with Wales in second place.

The holders Wales were poor last time out away to Ireland and were convincingly beaten 26-3 at the Aviva Stadium.
Winger George North looks set for a role in the centre, with injuries to numerous Welsh players in that position.

Wesley Fofana will be hoping to take advantage of the Welsh uncertainty in the centre, especially given his excellent form in France’s two victories so far.

Last time out for France they weren’t at their best, but still had too much for a spirited Italian side in a 30-10 victory.

This will be Philippe Saint-Andre’s sides biggest so far of their title credentials and the French coach is fully aware of the attacking threat the Welsh have.

Wales are slight favourites going into the game and I expect them to edge the win on Friday night to move level on points with the French.

Best bet: Wales to win by 1-12 points – 11/8 with Bet 365

Wales vs. France

Italy vs. Scotland

The two winless sides meet with both desperate to avoid the wooden spoon.

Italy have very much been in games away to Wales and France, however their opponents quality has risen through in the second periods.

They go into the match at Rome as slight favourites against a Scotland side who were awful against England a fortnight ago.

An England Calcutta win is usually a narrow one, especially at Murrayfield, however England didn’t concede a point in their 20-0 win.

Scotland are yet to score a try in the tournament and have just six points to their name, however their best chance of a victory this year is on Saturday.

Back the hosts to win here in a low scoring match.

Best bet: Under 35.5 points – Evens with Bet 365

England vs. Ireland

England’s first home match in the six nations couldn’t be a tougher one, as the tournament favourites Ireland come to town.

England were so close to two perfect away performances, however their late loss in France means they can’t afford to slip up on Saturday.

Ireland have conceded just nine points in the whole tournament and no side has breached their tight defence so far.

Going forward they’ve been a huge threat too and only the French have scored more points, meaning England will have to be defensively solid through-out.

The bookies have England as big favourites to win the match, however I can’t see either side running away with it.

Best bet: England or Ireland to win by 1-5 points – 9/2 or 5/1 respectively

Weekend accumulator: Wales, Italy and England to win 

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