Tip Scotland - England
England came into the Six Nations hopeful of building on their run to the final of the 2019 Rugby World Cup. It went wrong for them in their opening game away to France and they can't afford another defeat in Scotland. The Calcutta Cup is at stake in this game and it's Scotland who are the holders. They beat England at home in 2018 and then had that incredible comeback at Twickenham last year to grab a 36-36 draw. England have made several changes for this match with Mako Vunipola, George Kruis, Jonathan Joseph, Lewis Ludlam and Willi Heinz all coming into the starting line-up. They have been working hard to erase the errors that cost them their opening game and coach Eddie Jones has set his side the target of dominating the gain line.
Scotland also come into this game having lost their first match of the 2020 Six Nations. It could have been a win over Ireland but for that terrible mistake by Hogg that he's never going to be allowed to forget. The Scots will again be without Finn Russell and their only change for this match is in the back row with Magnus Bradbury replacing Nick Haining. They know that if there is to be any hope of them beating England, then they cannot be anywhere near as wasteful as they were in Dublin last weekend. Both sides will be fired up for this match, one expected to be played in very windy conditions. England can get the win in this game.
Key points Scotland - England
Scotland were far too wasteful in their game against Ireland last week.
Scotland struggle to turn possession into try scoring attempts.
England will have learnt from the errors made last weekend.
Conclusion Scotland - England
England's Six Nations title hopes will lie in ruins if they fail to win this match. They came up against a rejuvinated French side last weekend and need to make a stronger start to this game. Scotland also lost last weekend and need to improve to have a chance here. They have home advantage but if they are as wasteful as they were against the Irish and struggle to turn possession into try scoring attempts, then England can get the win here.
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Scotland England Prediction published on February 6, 2020