Six Nations Betting Tips
'Rugby`s Greatest Championship' returns on the first weekend in February as Europe`s top six International Rugby sides lock horns once again. After another exciting tournament last year, the 2020 Six Nations tournament is set to be another thrilling edition of this challenging competition. Over the course of the next 6 weeks, Ireland, England, Wales, Scotland, France and Italy compete to become the 2019 Six Nations Champions. Wales are the defending champions, can they retain their title?
The 2020 Six Nations Championship
The top European rugby union nations have been taking part in a yearly tournament since 1883. Initially, it was the Home Nations until the addition of France. Since 2000, Italy have joined the fray and the Six Nations Championship was born. Recent years have seen the championship dominated by England, Ireland and the current champions Wales. Every single championship held since the victory of France in 2010 has been won by those three nations. It's likely that will again be the situation this year as Wales attempt to win the title for the second year in a row. That's not been achieved since England retained their title in 2017.
The matches begin on Saturday 1 February and concludes on Sunday 14 March. Each team plays each other once with four points for a win and two points each if a game is drawn. There are also bonus points available with one awarded to teams that score four tries in a match or lose by seven points or less. If a side fulfils both those stipulations in a match, they will receive two bonus points.
Our team of betting experts will be on hand to preview all the games that take place in the 2020 Six Nations Championship and hopefully provide you with lots of winners.
Tips for Betting on the 2020 Six Nations Championship
There are several factors that you need to take into consideration when placing a bet on a Six Nations Championship. Following them will improve your chances of getting some good winners during the duration of the eagerly awaited championship.
This is important especially if you are placing a bet on who is going to win the title. In most tournaments, teams play each other home and away but not in this one. That wasn't perhaps so vital when it was the Five Nations Championship but the extension to six teams has changed that. This means that there will be three teams that play three home games and only two away with the remaining three sides playing just two at home and three away. This year, Wales, Ireland and France are the three teams that have the advantage of playing three out of their five games at home.
When you are placing bets on the Six Nations Championship, it is important to look at the records of the teams playing. Waes have a strong home record and England were also unbeaten at home last season, though they were held to a home draw by Scotland, who had a poor home record last season.
It is important to keep a close eye on the team news and this applies to any sport you bet on. If a team is at full strength, then that will greatly increase their chances of success. If they are missing key players then this will damage their hopes of victory. In this championship, France look to be a team going through a period of transition and have included several rookies in their squad for their opening game against England. Teams will often make changes when they play Italy believing a weakend line-up will still be able to beat them. That often proves to be the case but it may affect the bet you make when considering handicaps, especially if Italy are the home team.
How important is the match?
This is important towards the end of the championship. A team that gets off to a poor start won't be in title contention so may begin to start experimenting with their line-up. This means they will bring in new players hoping to eventually find some improvement and build towards the next championship. Again, it is important to look at the team news before you place your bet.
Another feature of this championship is that there is more at stake than just the overall title. There's the Triple Crown to consider which is competed for between England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland. If one team can beat the other three, then the Triple Crown is won. Beat France and Italy too and you win the Grand Slam just as Wales did last year. Then there's the England v Scotland match which sees the Calcutta Cup at stake. France v Italy is for the Guiseppe Garibalidi Trophy, while Scotland take on Ireland for the Centenary Quaich. The one 'trophy' no side wants to win is the Wooden Spoon that goes to the country finishing bottom of the table and has been 'won' by Italy for the past four seasons.
This is a key area that has to be closely examined. This 2020 Six Nations follows the 2019 Rugby World Cup where England reached the final but both Scotland and Italy failed to make it out of their pool. If you are going to bet on this championship, make sure you know the countries that are in form and those that are struggling. Our match previews will help you greatly in this area.
Who will win the 2020 Six Nations Championship?
Again, this championship looks likely to be fought for between Wales, England and Ireland. They look to be stronger than the inconistent Scottish side, the in-transition French squad and the perennial strugglers Italy.
Wales completed their 12th Grand Slam to claim the 2019 Six Nations title, the 27th in their history, and their first title since 2013. They won all five of their matches and three of their five matches are being played at home. They host Italy, France and Scotland and will have an excellent chance of winning that trio of matches. Their away games at Ireland and England will be tougher though and the Welsh will need to be on top form if they want to win the title again.
The Irish have had some notable wins in the past year but had a disappointing World Cup. They were one of the favourites to win the title but suffered a shock loss to Japan in the pool stage. They qualified for the knock-out rounds but were then hammered 46-14 by New Zealand. Three of their five games in this championship will be played on home soil with matches against Scotland, Wales and Italy. Andy Farrell is now in charge but he Irish come into this tournament with injury problems and no Rory Best.
England reached the final of the 2019 Rugby World Cup and now look to win this championship for the first time since 2017. They beat both New Zealand and Australia in that World Cup and that's a rare occurrence. England do have a few injury problems ahead of their opening game against France (full fixtures later in this preview) with Billy Vunipola and Harry Slade both out of action. They have three away games to play but at least the fixtures against Wales and Ireland will both be at Twickenham. Both of their first two games are on the road, how they cope with those will shape how their championship will progress.
Scotland had an unlucky World Cup campaign last year. Their final pool game was canceled due to poor weather and that led to an early exit. 2019 wasn't a great year for them with just one Six Nations win over Italy. They kick off their 2020 campaign with a trip to Ireland, followed by the Calcutta Cup clash with England at Murrayfield. They are without Finn Russell and probably the best they can hope for this year is a fourth place finish.
It's all change for France with a new coaching team led by Fabien Galthie and Shaun Edwards. They have made plenty of changes and the backbone of the team that won the Under-20 World Cup two years ago are being introduced to the Six Nations Championship. It'll be fascinating to see what they can achieve this year but title contention isn't too likely at all.
That leaves us with Italy who haven't just finished bottom for the past four years but have lost each and every one of their 20 matches. They failed to make it out of their pool in the 2019 World Cup and only have two home games in this championship. Last year saw them end with a -88 points difference, an improvement from the -111 in 2018. As mentioned previously, teams do tend to rest players when up against the Italians. They may not win a match again this year but they are always interesting to back in handicaps.
Fixture List, Results and Latest Table
- Saturday 1 February - Wales 42 Italy 0 and Ireland 19 Scotland 12
- Sunday 2 February - France 24 England 17
- Saturday 8 February - Ireland 24 Wales 14 and Scotland 6 England 13
- Sunday 9 February - France 35 Italy 22
- Saturday 22 February - Italy 0 Scotland 17 and Wales 23 France 27
- Sunday 23 February - England 24 Ireland 12
|Country||Played||Won||Drew||Lost||Pts scored||Pts Conceded||Pts Difference||Bonus pts||Total Points|
- Saturday 7 March - England v Wales (Ireland v Italy has been postponed)
- Sunday 8 March - Scotland v France
- Saturday 14 March - Wales v Scotland, Italy v England and France v Ireland
Odds to win the 2020 Six Nations Championship (updated Feb 4)