England v France and Ireland v Samoa Previews
Saturday morning provides followers of the Rugby World Cup with no less than three exciting games as New Zealand takes on Italy from 5.45am before England and France lock horns at 9.15am and Ireland v Samoa rounds us off at 11.45am. You can follow all three live on ITV and the fixture list gives accumulator backers the chance to chase a big pay-out.
There’s plenty to play for in each match and bookmakers have laid on a feast of betting delights to help drag punters out of their beds early. Have your say on the winner of each match or play one of the match exciting specials markets, including handicap, winning margin and first try scorer.
England v France
This is one of the matches that really stood out to rugby fans who looked ahead at the group matches before the 2019 Rugby World Cup got underway. It’s a meeting of two very well respected Six Nations teams and we’re certain to enjoy a thrilling contest from the very first whistle. England and France will go in confident they have what it takes to get the win and that should make for a high-scoring and exciting 80 minutes of international rugby.
England was dropped into Pool C alongside France, Argentina, Tonga and USA. The Americans were expected to remain competitive but that hasn’t been the case and after two games played, they sat at the bottom of the table with two defeats. England and France were always picked to battle for supremacy and ensure their place in the next round without too much fuss. The winner of the 2019 Rugby World Cup could come from this very contest.
Sports bettors will keep a close eye on the game with a view to placing their outright bets. If one team are able to show the class needed to grab the victory by a comfortable margin, you can be sure the value hunters will rush out and back them to go all the way to the top step. England won each of their first three World Cup matches, scoring 119 points, conceding 20 and landing three bonus points. Their overall tally showed 15 points. Bookies had this England team picked out as favourites and there’s no more than 2/11 available at bet365 on them living up to expectations. The handicap list has England -12 at 10/11 with bet365 but that strikes us as a little ambitious. We expect to see the straight win added to accumulators rather than the handicap victory.
France Looks Value
It was a bit of a surprise to see traders write off the chances of France so easily in this match and there’s sure to be more than a few punters happy to get stuck into the underdogs. Les Bleus also won each of their first three, scored 79 points, conceded 51 and picked up one bonus point. That left them with 13 on the board, two behind their opponents. They haven’t scored as many and have conceded far more, so we can see where the money men are coming from with their quotes.
It is worth remembering, however, we haven’t yet seen the best of either England or France and it would be foolish to judge them purely on performances at the World Cup so far. Both teams have done more than enough to secure the points without ever getting out of first gear and they will be quietly confident there’s plenty more in the bank when it’s needed. It’s also important to remember both sides should advance, regardless of the score here. That could lead to them resting a few players with an eye on the next stage.
Fancy taking a chance on the better price with all this in mind? Neither side will want to lose the match, of course, but it would come as no major shock to see France win the game. They are more than good enough to do just that and have proven it many times in the past. There’s 9/2 at bet365 on a France win and that’s well worth having. The draw has been chalked up at 33/1 by Ladbrokes. France +12 points at 10/11 with bet365 looks a fantastic bet.
Ireland v Samoa
Ireland and Samoa face off from 11.45am on Saturday morning in what will be the third and final live Rugby World Cup match of the day. Ireland will be eager to live up to expectations and win this match by as many points as possible, targeting the bonus point, knowing rivals Scotland and Japan are in action the following morning. There’s a three-way race for the number one slot in Pool A and it promises to go right down to the wire.
If Ireland can win this comfortably and take a bonus point, then see Scotland beat the host nation there’s no real reason why they can’t progress to the next round as winners of what was a very competitive and entertaining division. They need a favour from the Scots, of course, but will be keen to concentrate on their own game on Saturday morning and get the win needed to give themselves the best chance.
Ireland is the hot favourite to land the victory and that will come as no surprise to those who have followed this competition. They are no better than the 1/25 offered by William Hill. That’s tight, of course, but most companies have the same result marked up at 1/66. That’s too short, even for accumulator backers, so it will push most into the handicap betting. Ireland -26 points is 10/11 with bet365 and that makes a little more sense.
Samoa Must Improve
Samoa go into this match having won one and lost two of their opening three World Cup games. That left them second bottom of the pile on five points, level with Scotland and ahead of a Russian team who have been fairly toothless so far. The underdogs have scored 53 points, conceded 81 and picked up a bonus point. They will head home with their heads held high.
They will take plenty more credit from their efforts if they are able to beat Ireland on Saturday morning but there won’t be too many in a rush to take the big price available about that one. Samoa have been written off by the traders, as you would expect, and are a chunky 15/1 at Unibet to prove us all wrong. The handicap betting offers Samoa +26 points at 10/11 with bet365 and that’s worth a second look. They lost by 19 points to Japan last week.