A Look at the Rugby Union World Cup Quarter-Finals
We have arrived at the conclusion of the group stages of the Rugby World Cup and lost Scotland who ducked out on the back of a painful defeat to host nation Japan on Sunday. It was a thrill-a-minute contest but, once again, the Scots were made to pay a hefty price for unforced errors as Japan exploded forward at pace.
We move onto the quarter-finals that will be played on Saturday 19 October Sunday 20 October. England has been drawn against Australia in the pick of the quarters and that match will be played from 8.15am on Saturday, live in front of the ITV cameras. The other game that day pairs competition favourites New Zealand and Ireland.
Sunday’s double starts with Wales v France from 8.15am before Japan are tested to their limits when facing off against the might of South Africa from 11.15am. Again, both matches will be shown live on ITV and bookmakers help punters celebrate by offering a long list of exciting betting markets and possible strategies. These include match winner, handicap and first try scorer.
England v Australia
We focus on the pick of the quarter-finals matches where two teams who were well respected in the ante-post betting come to blows. England v Australia is an exciting fixture, regardless of the sport and this World Cup knockout match will be no different.
How will the match go? Who will book their place in the last four of the competition? Knowing the answer to these questions could be the difference between profit and loss. Bookmakers have had their say on how this tie might go and punters will notice the money men throw the weight of their support behind the red rose. England is 1/3 favourites at bet365 and that strong stance is sure to catch a few off-guard.
Fancy the upset? Lovers of a big price will be delighted to find Australia trading at a cracking 11/4 with William Hill. That’s the market best price, better than the 5/2 you’ll get with most other firms. If you do intend on backing the Aussies, we’d suggest getting your stake money down at William Hill to ensure you get the best deal possible. For those who just can’t split them, the draw is an interesting alternative at 25/1 with Ladbrokes.
Worse of the Weather Has Passed
This match will be played at Oita Bank Dome and followers will be hoping now that the worse of the weather has passed, we can enjoy a game uninterrupted by wind and rain. England was last seen in action recording a confidence-boosting win over Argentina back on Saturday 5 October. They cemented a 39-10 victory that day and have enjoyed two weeks off due to poor weather.
England’s final Pool C match with France was cancelled before a ball had been kicked, with both teams having already secured their place in the knockout stages. Australia didn’t enjoy the same luxury, playing and beating Georgia by 27 points to 8 on Friday 11 October. The victors were able to rest a number of their star players that day and rotate their squad, meaning they will also be rested and ready for action.
This has all the ingredients of a thriller and we can’t wait. The handicap betting offers England -8 points at even money with Betfair against Australia +8 at the same price with the same online betting giant.