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Wales to avenge their Twickenham defeat? Get Wales vs England tips

Ben Darvill 16 Aug 2019
  • Wales vs England starts at 14:15 BST on Saturday, August, 17 at the Principality Stadium 
England's Manu Tuilagi takes on Wales' defence (credit:Nigel French/PA Wire/PA Images)

Can Wales bounce back from their disappointing loss to England last time out, or will the Red Rose inflict a second loss in the space of a week on the Gran Slam champions? Read on for our best bets for this match. 

Wales vs England

Wales vs England Betting Tips 

Last weekend saw the first of the Autumn Internationals in the build-up to the World Cup, with the world’s biggest rugby nations beginning their preparations for the tournament in Japan later this year. One such battle took place at Twickenham, with England hosting Wales in a match some may highlight as potentially a World Cup final in of itself. That match saw England run out comfortable 33-19 winners over their neighbours who saw their 14 game winning run brought to an end. The loss also saw the Welsh miss out on the chance to go to the top of the world rankings as a victory over England would have helped them to the number one spot for the first time in their history following New Zealand’s loss to Australia. 

For England this was a welcome return to form. A win over the Barbarians in a big scoring game earlier in the summer was one that featured a lot of fringe and younger players meaning the Red Rose were still looking to really get back to winning ways in Tests following their incredible 38-38 draw with Scotland in March in their final game of the Six Nations. This is exactly what they managed then, with Eddie Jones’ much-changed and experimental side able to pick up a win over a Wales outfit that will likely resemble the one Warren Gatland might favour come September. 

Now, the two come together again, and we expect Wales to make some changes, while Jones may look to play a completely different team to the one that we saw at Twickenham last week, with it likely very few of those that started on Sunday will run out in the first-half this coming Saturday.

While England will be confident of going to Cardiff and picking up a second straight win over the Welsh, they offer no value and we are not sure of their ability to block out what will be a vociferous melting pot in Cardiff on Saturday. Gatland’s men will not take kindly to seeing their winning run end, while two losses on the bounce will see all of that good-feeling that was created by their winning run extinguished. Therefore, we feel that backing the Welsh at home is the way to go as they offer more of a potential reward than the English in the match betting. 

As far as the betting for a try scorer goes, we feel that backing George North to go over again is an intelligent bet. North looked good out wide last Sunday as he continued to impress with the ball in hand. He was hamstrung by the fact Wales were really on the back-foot in the first-half, but he made the most out of his chance to get on the scoresheet with a good finish to help edge Wales back into the game. We would also be tempted to back the likes of Jonny May, Joe Cokanasiga or Josh Adams, but it depends on whether they are selected for the game, while we feel North will have more of an impact on the Welsh wing in front of his own fans, backing up his try last weekend as he looks to ensure he is on the plane to Japan, although we can’t see how he would be left behind. 

What the experts are saying 

Former-Wales centre Jamie Roberts speaking to BBC Sport: “In retrospect it might be a good thing for Wales. After the success of the last 12 to 18 months, to taste defeat I hope it will benefit the Welsh lads. But if you taste defeat it makes you hungrier and they have a chance to put that right on Saturday. Hosting England in Cardiff, a sell-out match, provides all the incentive”.

Head-To-Head Record (Since 2007)

Wins - Wales: 8 England: 10 

Biggest Win - Wales 30:3 England 33:19 

Total Points - Wales: 357 England 361

Average Points Per Match - Wales: 19.83 England: 20.06 

Last Match - England 33 Wales 19 

Form - Wales: L-W-W-W-W England: W-W-D-W-L

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