The most anticipated clash of the Pool stage of the 2015 Rugby World Cup sees England and Wales go head to head at Twickenham on Saturday, 26th September. This article contains our ENGLAND v WALES betting preview with tips, predictions, enhanced odds, starting XVs, bookie bonuses and no deposit free bets on the match!
ENGLAND v WALES BETTING PREVIEW England ran out 35-11 winners against Fiji in their opening Pool A match last Friday but the Red Rose team looked nervous, disorganised and uncertain for 60 minutes. Coach Stuart Lancaster’s inspired substitutions allowed England to subdue a resolute and dangerous Fijian side, albeit only securing a try bonus point with the last play of the game.
Lancaster has opted to make a number of changes this weekend with Sam Burgess, given the role of outside centre alongside Saracens midfielder Brad Barritt. Owen Farrell starts at flyhalf in place of the demoted George Ford. while Jonathan Joseph and Morgan are both out through injury. Billy Vunipola impressed off the bench against Fiji and has been recalled in the starting XV.
Wales recorded a comfortable 54-9 win over Uruguay - who, remember, do not have a single professional rugby player in their national side - in Cardiff last Sunday, running in eight tries after Uruguay had scored with two early penalties to take a 6-0 lead. They will undoubtedly have to show significant improvement from last week. Dan Biggar will still be under huge pressure to match the injured Leigh Halfpenny's productivity off the kicking tee.
Wales’ injury crisis continuing to worsen with Paul James, Samson Lee and Sunday’s hat-trick hero Corey Allen all being forced off with injuries – with Allen potential out of the rest of the World Cup with a “significant” hamstring injury .Full-back Liam Williams has recovered from a slight knock to his thigh and will line up at the back, while George North and Hallam Amos are preferred on the wings. Furthermore, Warren Gatland has named Gareth Davies at scrum-half with Lloyd Williams on the bench meaning Mike Phillips will not take part. Exeter Chief Tomas Francis starts at tighthead with Scott Baldwin at hooker and Gethin Jenkins at loosehead while Hallam Amos starts on the right wing instead of Alex Cuthbert.
England have won the last two between the sides, but the Welsh won the three prior to that. The last direct match saw England beat Wales 21-16 when the teams met in the Six Nations in Cardiff in February.
- 2015: England won 21-16 in Cardiff
- 2014: England won 29-18 at Twickenham
- 2013: Wales won 30-3 in Cardiff
- 2012: Wales won 19-12 in London
- 2011: Wales won 19-9 in Cardiff
- 2011: England won 23-19 in London
- 2011: England won 26-19 in Cardiff
- 2010: England won 30-17 in London
ENGLAND v WALES STARTING XVsEngland: 15 Mike Brown, 14 Anthony Watson, 13 Brad Barritt, 12 Sam Burgess, 11 Jonny May, 10 Owen Farrell, 9 Ben Youngs, 8 Billy Vunipola, 7 Chris Robshaw (c), 6 Tom Wood, 5 Courtney Lawes, 4 Geoff Parling, 3 Dan Cole, 2 Tom Youngs, 1 Joe Marler
Replacements: 16 Rob Webber, 17 Mako Vunipola, 18 Kieran Brookes, 19 Joe Launchbury, 20 James Haskell, 21 Richard Wigglesworth, 22 George Ford, 23 Alex Goode
Wales: 15 Liam Williams, 14 George North, 13 Scott Williams, 12 Jamie Roberts, 11 Hallam Amos, 10 Dan Biggar, 9 Gareth Davies, 8 Taulupe Faletau, 7 Sam Warburton (c), 6 Dan Lydiate, 5 Alun Wyn Jones, 4 Bradley Davies, 3 Tomas Francis, 2 Scott Baldwin, 1 Gethin Jenkins
Replacements: 16 Ken Owens, 17 Aaron Jarvis, 18 Samson Lee, 19 Luke Charteris, 20 Justin Tipuric, 21 Lloyd Williams, 22 Rhys Priestland, 23 Alex Cuthbert.
ENGLAND v WALES BEST ODDS
|ENGLAND|| 4.00 with||Bet £10, win £70.00|
|THE DRAW|| 26.00 with||Bet £10, win £260.00|
|WALES||13.00 with||Bet £10, win £130.00|
ENGLAND v WALES PREDICTIONS
- Winner: England @ 7.00
- Winning margin: England 1-12 points @ 2.75
- Drop goal: YES @ 4.40
- Total Tries: Over 3.5 @ 2.25
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