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 an exciting tournament last year, this edition is one of the most challenging games in the history of rugby. Over the course of the next 6 weeks, Ireland, England, Wales, Scotland, France and Italy will go to the Six Nations Champions for 2018.
Let's take a quick look at the teams and some of the six nations.
Six Nations: The Teams
The No. 2 seed in World Rugby is looking to make it 3 six nations titles in a row this year and are favorites to do so 1.95 on Betstars. Eddie Jones`side have 3 away games to France, Italy and Scotland while they are scheduled to play Wales at home before last show with Ireland in Twickenham. Although only 1 English team has qualified for this year's champions cup quarter final, with hugely talented players such as Owen Farrell and Ben Youngs, England are looking for favorites for the championship.
The 2014 and 2015 champions, Ireland, look to make it three titles in 5 years. Ireland are priced at 2.75 on SportingBet to win the six nations this year. Ireland are coming off a great Autumn series where they won all 3 games against South Africa, Fiji and Argentina. Joe Schmidt's men also stopped England from winning the grand slam on the final day of last year's championship, with a victory in Dublin. This year, a mouth-watering final day game between Ireland and England could decide the championship on St. Patrick`s day in Twickenham. And, with world class talent like Conor Murray and Johnny Sexton, Ireland definitely have a good time to go all the way this year.
Last year, Scotland had a fantastic six nation`s campaign as they got three wins against Ireland, Italy and Wales, finishing in joint 2nd place. Scotland is one of the most successful countries in the past 12 months and is coming off the world. With players like Greig Laidlaw and Stuart Hogg, Scotland will be the first to win six nations championship. You can find Scotland to win the tournament priced at 10.00 on Betstars.
Warren Gatland`s men are looking to win their first six nation`s title since 2013 this year. They will need to bounce back from a poor campaign last year that they will win just two of their 5 games. This year they have 2 difficult going fixtures in London and Dublin but they are trying to get revenge on the first day of the championship this year at Scotland, who beat them last year. Wales are priced at 21.00 on WilliamHill to win this year`s tournament.
The Blues have not won the six nations since 2010. France has had a tough few years in the six nations but they are never able to be written off, they have their day, they can beat any team in the World. With that being said, France won 3 out of their 5 games in the last year of the season. They are ready to win this tournament at 21.00 on WilliamHill.
They are all about their six nations games last year and only one of their Autumn Internationals, beating Fiji, before losing out to Argentina and South Africa. In the 18 year history of the six nations, Italy has finished last 12 times. Italy to win the six nations this year is valued at 1001.00 on Betstars.
Who will be the top try-scorer at the Six Nations?
- Jonny May (England) - 10.00 on Betstars
- Anthony Watson (England) - 13.00 on WilliamHill
- Keith Earls (Ireland) - 11.00 on WilliamHill
- Jacob Stockdale (Ireland) - 13.00 on Betstars
- Steffan Evans (Wales) - 13.00 on Betstars
- Teddy Thomas (France) - 23.00 on BetStars
Key stats of the Six Nations
Since the 5 nations became the 6 nations in 2000, they have won 6 times in a row. France have won 5, Wales won 4, Ireland won 3 and both Scotland and Italy are still crowned champions. To win the Grand Slam, a team must win all 5 games. This is only 9 times, 3 times by France, 3 times by Wales, twice by England and once by Ireland. The wooden spoon is given to the team which finishes bottom, which Italy have been handed 12 times.
Betting on the Six Nations
It is important when betting on the Six Nations to take into account the cycle different teams are in. Are they in a period of transition where are they playing lots of younger players? Other things to consider is Injuries. Rugby is one of the most popular games, and you can get a lot of games. Home and away can also be a major factor in this tournament, as the home team tends to have a big advantage.
Format of the Tournament
Each of the six teams play each other just once, one year away, the next year. A win is awarded with 4 points, 2 points for a draw and 0 points for a loss. The 6 Nations has a bonus point and a bonus point can be awarded for scoring or a game by 7 points or less. This year, the first games take place on Saturday February 3rd and the final games will be played on Saturday March 17th.