Ireland vs England: Predictions, Betting Tips & Odds
Saturday, February 2nd, 2019 @16:15
Defending 6 Nations champions, Ireland, at home in Dublin, are looking to kick-off their title defence in 2019 against Eddie Jones’ resurgent England team and prepare for the Rugby World Cup in style.
Ireland’s Kiwi coach Joe Schmidt says Johnny Sexton is making a good recovery. Sexton, the reigning World-Player-of-the-Year in 2018’s team-of-the-year, has been troubled by a knee tendon issue in recent times. However, Schmidt say Sexton’s presence in his 38-man Irish squad means the fly-half should return when Ireland begin their Six Nations campaign at home to England.
For his part, England’s Australian coach Eddie Jones has labelled Ireland the best rugby-side-in-the-world, after his squad announcement in London last week.
“Ireland are the best side in the world,” said Jones. “They are a very well-coached and drilled side, and have particular things they do well in the game.”
“To beat Ireland, we need to compete brutally in all the contest areas of the game.”
Jones left New Zealand born co-captain Dylan Hartley out of his squad, due to a knee injury, which means playmaker Owen Farrell will skipper the team.
Form dictates an Ireland win and even the most one-eyed and passionate England fan and popular betting sites don’t disagree. The Irish are the form team in the world, they’re playing England in Dublin and they’ve beaten the All Blacks twice in two years.
- Ireland to win
- Half-time/Full Time Value Bet – England to lead Ireland to Half-Time and the Irish surge back to win
1 x 2 Odds
Played 133. England Won 76. Ireland Won 49. 8 draws.
Ireland beat England 24-15 to complete their Grand Slam Six Nations series sweep in 2018.
Ireland have defeated England in three of their last five encounters, while England’s last win in Ireland was in a 2011 World Cup warm-up fixture.
- England have won the 6 Nations title 28 times, to Ireland’s 14.
- Ireland (3 wins) & England (2 wins) have shared the last 5 titles.
- Ireland are a more disciplined side, conceding only 13 penalties per match to England’s 30 during the 2018 campaign.
- Fly-half Johnny Sexton is Ireland’s 2nd highest points scorer with 738.