Who’d have thought it, our 5/1 accumulator on the opening weekend was a winner. This time, we have a slightly longer 7/1 four-fold for you guys to sink your teeth into, starting with a Wales victory over up-and-coming Georgia at the Principality Stadium. Check out my thoughts on this weekend’s action below...
WALES vs Georgia
Warren Gatland’s side were valiant in defeat to Australia last weekend but Wales fell apart when it mattered most of all.
Taulupe Faletau, so often Wales’ talisman, failed to make a positive impact and a number of uncharacteristic errors handed Michael Cheika’s side the initiative. Something had to give and it has; Gatland has made 14 changes for the visit of Georgia.
Too many changes can disrupt the balance but the autumn internationals are as much about experimentation as they are about building momentum.
For Georgia, it is about pride and a return to the Principality Stadium, a venue where they gained so many fans when scoring a try against New Zealand back in the 2015 World Cup, may urge the minnows on. Sadly for the neutrals, a Wales win looks likely though.
TIP: Wales to score first and win @ 16/25
ENGLAND vs Australia
Eddie Jones will be demanding an improved effort this weekend and England may respond with Owen Farrell back in the starting line-up. Maro Itoje makes the substitute’s bench and the Saracens star may shine as one of the ‘finishers’.
England have defeated Australia four times during Jones’ tenure and players making an impact in the closing stages of games has been a key reason for that success; expect another close contest here.
Australia were impressive against Wales last weekend, starting quickly and maintaining their intensity throughout the duration of the match.
On that day, Will Genia was simply sublime next to Bernard Foley at half-back and England will need to keep both men quiet to stand any chance of a comfortable win. 31/20 for a tight home victory is well worth considering.
TIP: England to win by 1-12 points @ 31/20
Scotland vs NEW ZEALAND
Scottish rugby took a backwards step against Samoa last weekend. Scoring 40 points against Samoa was impressive but conceding 38 was not good enough.
It will take time for Scotland to adjust to life under Gregor Townsend after Vern Cotter’s successful tenure and this could get out of hand very quickly if the Scots struggle to hit top form.
The All Blacks will be baying for blood and a comfortable win looks likely. The Murrayfield faithful will be praying for a Scottish success but competing with New Zealand is easier said than done.
At 21/50, backing Steve Hansen’s men to win both halves represents excellent value – the All Blacks are a class above their opponents and it would take a brave man to back against a convincing win for the visitors.
TIP: New Zealand to win both halves @ 21/50
IRELAND vs Fiji
Saturday’s contest will mark the fourth union contest between Ireland and Fiji and the hosts will be confident of maintaining their 100% winning record in this fixture.
You have to go all the way back to 2009 for the last Ireland-Fiji contest and Irish supporters will be hoping for a repeat of the 41-6 victory on that day. This one could well turn into a rout...
South Africa were off colour last weekend and Ireland took full advantage. Joe Schmidt will be tempted to let his side off the leash here, Fiji suffered a narrow defeat to Italy last time out and Ireland could run riot.
The hosts are heavy favourites but there is some value in the betting markets, Schmidt’s side to score first and win is available at 1/3.
TIP: Ireland to score first and win @ 1/3
*Odds subject to change - correct at time of writing*