With the World Cup only two weeks away, England v Ireland will be a very important test match. This article contains our England v Ireland betting preview with tips, match predictions, enhanced odds, team news and starting XVs, exclusive free bets and no deposit bonuses on the match!
ENGLAND v IRELAND BETTING PREVIEWEngland come into the game on the back of a 25-20 defeat at the hands of France. It was their worst performances under Lancaster, and despite the late fightback, was much more one-sided than the final scoreline suggested. Prior to that match, England beat France on home soil, with two tries from Anthony Watson and one from Jonny May securing a 19-14 victory last month.
Stuart Lancaster has made five changes ahead of this weekend, with the now-departed Luther Burrell replaced at inside centre by defensive captain Brad Barritt. Elsewhere, lock Geoff Parling and Northampton back-row forward Tom Wood replace Joe Launchbury and James Haskell.
Ireland were mesmerising in their first warm up win against Wales as they recorded a 35-21 victory at the Millennium Stadium. Anyway, a scrappy win over Scotland before a defeat at the hands of Wales at the Aviva Stadium has curbed enthusiasm.
The Ireland team to play England shows seven personnel changes from the 16-10 defeat to Wales, with Simon Zebo, Tommy Bowe and Jared Payne returning to the back-line and Rory Best, Mike Ross, Devin Toner and Sean O'Brien all restored up front. Conor Murray and Jonathan Sexton are retained at half-back while the back-three is made up of Zebo at full-back and Bowe and Dave Kearney on the wings.
Ireland have beaten England at Twickenham on 13 occasions. However, the last of those was in 2010, and England were unbeaten in four tests against Ireland home and away prior to the 9-19 defeat at the Aviva Stadium earlier this year. It could be a low-scoring affair as none of the last 8 tests between the two have exceeded 40 points.
ENGLAND v IRELAND STARTING XVsEngland: 15. Mike Brown; 14. Anthony Watson; 13. Jonathan Joseph; 12. Brad Barritt; 11. Jonny May; 10. George Ford; 9. Ben Youngs; 1. Joe Marler; 2. Tom Youngs; 3. Dan Cole; 4. Courtney Lawes; 5. Geoff Parling; 6. Tom Wood; 7. Chris Robshaw (C); 8. Ben Morgan
Replacements: 16. Jamie George; 17. Mako Vunipola; 18. Kieran Brookes; 19. Joe Launchbury; 20. Billy Vunipola; 21. Richard Wigglesworth; 22. Owen Farrell; 23. Sam Burgess
Ireland: 15. Simon Zebo; 14. Tommy Bowe; 13. Jared Payne; 12. Robbie Henshaw; 11. Dave Kearney; 10. Jonathan Sexton; 9. Conor Murray; 1. Jack McGrath; 2. Rory Best; 3. Mike Ross; 4. Devin Toner; 5. Paul O'Connell (C); 6. Peter O'Mahony; 7. Sean O'Brien; 8. Jamie Heaslip
Replacements: 16. Richardt Strauss; 17. Tadhg Furlong; 18. Nathan White; 19. Donnacha Ryan; 20. Chris Henry; 21. Eoin Reddan; 22. Ian Madigan; 23. Darren Cave
ENGLAND v IRELAND RECENT RESULTS
- 2015: Ireland won 19-9 in Dublin
- 2014: England won 13-10, London
- 2013: England won 12-6, Dublin
- 2012: England won 30-9, London
- 2011: England won 20-9 Dublin
- 2010: Ireland won 20-16, London
- 2009: Ireland won 14-13, Dublin
ENGLAND v IRELAND BEST ODDS
|ENGLAND|| 4.00 with||Bet £10, win £40.00|
|THE DRAW|| 23.00 with||Bet £10, win £230.00|
|IRELAND||8.00 with||Bet £10, win £80.00|
ENGLAND v IRELAND PREDICTIONS
- Winner: Ireland @ 8.00
- Total points: Under 40.5 @ 1.93
- Total Tries: Under 3.5 @ 2.12
- Winning Margin: Ireland 1-5 points @ 7.00
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