England v France Six Nations Prediction, Preview & Betting Odds
We have an England v France prediction and preview plus betting odds for you ahead of the round 4 Six Nations Game at Twickenham.
Matchup: England v France
Venue: Twickenham, London, England
What Channel? ITV1, BBC One and 4.30pm Virgin Media 1
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THE FORM – ENGLAND V FRANCE
England enter this match as outsiders for the Six Nations but contenders nonetheless despite an opening day 23-29 home defeat at the hands of Scotland who took home the Calcutta Cup. Steve Borthwick’s side have recovered well to beat the current bottom two in the table Italy and Wales with a +31 points differential to spark their campaign into action.
If England can pull off a victory against France, they know a victory v Ireland on St Patrick’s Weekend in Dublin will be enough to win the Six Nations. Despite Twickenham being a fortress in International Rugby they’re currently 5/4 outsiders to win this game.
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France come into this with an identical record to their opponents with two victories and one defeat just in a different order to England! France overcame a buoyant Italy on the opening weekend of the Six Nations in Rome.
The second round pitted them against the world’s most in form nation in Ireland where they would lose 32-19 in Dublin. Last time out for the French it was an impressive 32-21 win at home against a strong Scottish side.
France know if they can pull-off a victory in Twickenham on Saturday that they’ll put themselves right into contention for the Six Nations going into the final-weekend. Despite France’s last win at Twickenham coming all the way back in 2007 BoyleSports currently have France 7/10 favourites to win there this Saturday afternoon.
ENGLAND V FRANCE Preview – Matchups
England enter this match with only 74 tournament points so far which is only the 4th most prolific attack. When you consider that they’ve already played the competitions worst defenses Italy and Wales its clear that this is not the most potent English side of our generation.
Furthermore, their top-scorer in the tournament (17 points) and captain Owen Farrell is poised to be dropped for this game with Marcus Smith recalled. This will be the first time since the 2015 Rugby World Cup that Owen Farrell has been dropped.
Can Marcus Smith prove more productive and drive England to victory, or will Farrell’s experience be missed? Time will tell.
While England have only the fourth best attack in the competitions, France are almost also a reverse image in defence with the fourth worst having leaked 77 points to Italy (24), Ireland (32) and Scotland (21) which means they have only a score difference of +3 in the competition.
However, in scrum-half Antoine Dupont they have someone who has consistently showed to be excellent defensively during the competition, a truly World-Class player and if his influence can rub off further on the French players they have the capacity to be tighter at the back only if they want to be.
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Free-flowing France have the third best attack in the competition with 80 points – only 5 less than Scotland (85) and 20 less than Ireland (100). That is impressive considering they have played against Ireland who have the meanest defense in the competition (49) and the third best defense in Scotland (62).
Full-back Thomas Ramos has been pivotal to their attack with 45/80 points coming from him being a proficient kicker while he also has two tries to his name in this Six Nations. Only Scotland’s Hugh Jones (3) has more in the competition
England come into this match with the competition’s second meanest defense with only 53 points conceded which is only four more than the competitions best defense Ireland who have conceded (49).
Although it must be noted that in 2/3 of their matches already they played against the competitions worst attacks in Italy (58) and Wales (27). Despite this I do not expect England to concede much vs this free-flowing French attack given the Twickenham factor!
ENGLAND V FRANCE Prediction
Prediction: England 21-15 France
France’s last win at Twickenham came all the way back in 2007 and I believe people are underestimating the fortress that is Twickenham. England are tight at the back which is an interesting match-up against the free-flowing French attack. I expect England to pull-off a minor upset and defeat France in this game.
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