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England to hammer Italy and Wales to bounce back? Get rugby betting tips

Ben Darvill 5 Sep 2019
England's Owen Farrell (credit:David Davies/PA Wire/PA Images)

Can England round off their World Cup preparations with a big win, will Samoa be able to go toe-to-toe with Australia, and can Wales bounce back from their loss to Ireland last weekend? Read on for our best bets for the World Cup warm-up matches this weekend. 

Friday, September 6

England vs Italy - 19:45 BST 

This one looks like an ideal chance for England to end their World Cup preparations with a big win as the Red Rose take on Italy at St James’ Park. England have lost just one of their three warm-ups as they were beaten in a tight game in Cardiff by Wales, while they boast comfortable wins over Wales (33-19) and Ireland (57-15), and they will target another big home win this Friday. Italy meanwhile come into this with a massive win over Russia in an 85-15 triumph behind them, but they were soundly beaten 29-10 by Ireland and by France in a 47-19 loss with their warm-ups not really going to plan. In this one it is clear who the bookies are leaning towards, with England massive odds-on favourites. With this in mind, you have to look to some of the less-trodden markets if you are looking for real value. This will likely be a game in which the try scorers will have a field day, and we are backing England’s Jonny May to go over for a hat-trick in the game. May went over for a try against Italy in their Six Nations clash, while he finished with six tries in the tournament and he looks like one of the first names on Eddie Jones’ team sheet going into the World Cup. 

Saturday, September 7 

Australia vs Samoa - 10:30 BST

Australia come into this match in a fairly rough patch of form after their recent 36-0 hammering at the hands of New Zealand following their own fantastic 47-26 victory against the reigning world champions. Samoa meanwhile have also struggled of late, with their 48-14 loss to England back in November 2017 the last time Samoa took on a top tier side. Since then, Samoa have really struggled with losses to Fiji, Tonga, the USA, and Georgia helping to account for seven losses in their last nine games as they come into this World Cup in Japan in torrid form. With this in mind, we feel Australia will win the game, but we question whether they will hammer Samoa as much as the bookies seem to think they will. The Aussies can be backed with a handicap of -28 to win the game and we do not believe they will win this one as comfortably as many think. Samoa can be backed at Evens with a +28 point handicap with Betway and we feel that this is the way to use the handicap, with the side likely to utilise their powerful forwards and strong runners to hurt an inconsistent Aussies side. 

Ireland vs Wales - 14:00 BST

Neither of the two sides will want to end their preparations for the World Cup with another ‘L’ next to their name as it would consistent a second loss in three for one of the pair, seeing the good feeling that they have been able to pick up following some strong wins in the warm ups to the tournament later this year. Ireland may have won last weekend at the Principality Stadium, but they were blown away by England the week before in a very convincing 57-15 loss. Wales meanwhile were also comfortably beaten by England at Twickenham in a 33-19 loss in heir opening warm up match. These two losses to England shows that there is still some way to go for the two sides if they are to go to the final of the World Cup this year. While Wales were poor for 60 minutes last weekend, when they threw on a few of their more consistent stars along with fly-half Rhys Patchell, things turned around. One man that did not feature last week was star winger George North. The try scorer has been in fine form over the last few years and he looks like he is coming into this one on a decent run as he seeks to help Wales to secure their first ever World Cup. Starting on the wing on Saturday will surely see North get his chance to go over the line at some point, and we are backing the star to pick up a another five points for his side against Ireland. 

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