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Returning May to run in the tries against Ireland? Get England vs Ireland tips

Ben Darvill 22 Aug 2019
  • England vs Ireland starts at 15:00 BST on Saturday, August 22 at Twickenham 
Jonny May of England (credit:Steven Paston/PA Wire/PA Images)

Can England bounce back from their defeat to Wales, or will Ireland avenge their Six Nations loss to England by denting their World Cup preparations? Read on for our best bets for this World Cup warm-up match. 

England vs Ireland Predictions

England vs Ireland Betting Tips 

England’s final big challenge ahead of the World Cup comes in the shape of Ireland at Twickenham, with the pair looking to add another win to their preparations for the tournament. England will be looking to bounce back from their clash with Wales last week as they failed to capitalise on the momentum they built at Twickenham almost two weeks ago. The Welsh performed very well without the ball as they looked sound defensively while they capitalised on some naive England play as Dan Biggar’s double cross-field kicking saw George North charge over the line to score the only try of the game in a 13-6 win. England did of course have their chances, but mistakes and sloppy handling crept into their game, while George Ford struggled with his kicking from the tee and hand, meaning England could not control the game, giving Wales a real footing in the contest, one which they exploited.

Ireland meanwhile come into this with one with one win in one warm-up game as they cast Italy aside in a comfortable 29-10 victory. While it was not vintage Ireland, it was a more preferable way to ease themselves back into playing, with Italy providing a nice warm-up for the more intense clashes to come. 

In this one, we expect to see a very different England to the one that took to the pitch last weekend. With only two matches to go before their trip to Japan, coach Eddie Jones has plumped for Jonny May on the wing, while Owen Farrell reclaims a starting berth, albeit at 12, with George Ford at fly-half and Ben Youngs making up the other portion of that half-back partnership. In the forwards Joe Marler is given a start while Joe Launchbury and Courtney Lawes, who both started last week, are omitted from the starting XV, with the former not even in the squad. For Ireland there is still no Jonny Sexton as Ross Byrne makes his full international debut at 10 while the likes of Jacob Stockdale, Conor Murray and captain Rory Best all make the starting side. 

As far as the style of the game goes, we feel this one could be more like last week’s clash in Cardiff, with the game at the Principality Stadium akin to that of a World Cup match, with few points scored and the forwards seeing more of the ball than the backs, who are often left frustrated by a more attritional style. For England, they could not have asked for a better opponent to take on in an arm-wrestle of a game. Ireland are a side that love to play the gritty game and it may come down to which side can hold firm the longest in the World Cup, with this a chance for both to test their mettle. 

With all of this in mind, we are looking to back the home side to win this one, although it offers very little value in the grand scheme of things. Instead, we are delving into the handicap market to get some more value where we have found 5/4 on England -10. While we do feel this one may be a tight game, the last time England played at home they blew Wales away 33-19, while the last clash between England and Ireland saw the Red Rose hammer their counterparts 32-20 in Ireland. While this bet may carry more risk, we feel the reward is worth it, especially when considering the fact England are going at 2/5 in the match winner market. 

Try scorers wise, we feel it is always a decent bet to back Jonny May. The Leicester Tigers’ flyer has become a favourite under Eddie Jones and he is the man the Australian tends to turn to on the wing. May missed out on both matches against Wales but gets a starting berth with Joe Cokanasiga on the other flank with both pace and power provided in abundance at Twickenham. With Farrell playing at 12 and the creativity of Ford at 10 we think that there will be a lot of flat and accurate passing to go with intelligent kicking from the pair with May likely to be given a lot of ball to chase in behind. With Ireland likely not being too concerned by the result and more concerned by how they play and implementing plans and styles, we feel there could be scope for May to score points, something we are backing him to do. 

England vs Ireland Last 3 Result 

2/2/2019 - Ireland 20 England 32

17/3/2018 - England 15 Ireland 24 

18/3/2017 - Ireland 13 England 9 

England vs Ireland Match Winner Betting Odds

England to win: 2/5 @ Ladbrokes 

Draw: 25/1 @ Ladbrokes 

Ireland to win: 21/10 @ Ladbrokes 

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