Gear up for Six Nations with value bets on offer

Russ Yershon

Saturday, February 2, 2019 9:58 PM UTC

Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019 9:58 PM UTC

After Ireland won the Grand Slam in 2018, this year’s Six Nations is going to be interesting and in particular from a betting perspective

<p style="text-align:right"><em>Written by. Russ Yershon</em></p><p>Looking at the squads of all the top nations, there really isn’t much between them. We start this weekend 1st-2nd February 2019 and over the next 6 weeks and 5 match days, we will see one of the nations crowned champions on Saturday March 16. There are some key questions we will aim to answer. Can Ireland repeat their Grand Slam victory? Will England bounce back? Can Wales lift their first Six Nations Championship since 2013?</p><p>See our preview below along with a couple of top tips.</p><p>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;iframe width=\"560\" height=\"315\" src=\"\" frameborder=\"0\" allow=\"accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture\" allowfullscreen&gt;&lt;/iframe&gt;"}[/]</p><p>Here goes.</p><p> </p><h2>Outright Winner of Six Nations: Bet Prices</h2><p>Ireland 5/6 (1.83) Betfair / <a href=";a=df66db4b-b019-4343-9fc7-6c4f20e2a356">PaddyPower</a></p><p>England 4/1 (5.0) <a href=";a=b4150791-892f-469b-9b6a-7dfc6df0fb07">Ladbrokes</a> / <a href=";a=acd6b93a-905e-45af-90ef-7eb1df661829">Coral</a></p><p>Wales 5/1 (6.0) BetWay</p><p>France 18/1 (19/0) Ladbrokes / Coral</p><p>Scotland 18/1 (19.0) Ladbrokes / Coral</p><p>Italy 1000/1 (1001.0) Generally</p><p>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;iframe width=\"560\" height=\"315\" src=\"\" frameborder=\"0\" allow=\"accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture\" allowfullscreen&gt;&lt;/iframe&gt;"}[/]</p><p style="text-align:center"><img alt src="" style="width:500px;height:500px" /></p><h2>Ireland</h2><p>Ireland are odds on favourites and have a good strength in depth in their squad. There is no doubt they deserve to be favourites and following their Autumn international performances in 2018, they will fancy their chances of defending their crown. Beating New Zealand the way Ireland did was a big statement ahead of this weekend’s matches and the tournament as a whole.</p><p>Ireland have a couple of injuries ahead of the opening matches with Iain Henderson and Tadhg Beirne are out injured. Jonny Sexton is fit and that is huge for Ireland. He is the influential fly half for Ireland, which is a crucial position to dictate play against opposition. Ireland open up against England at home and will look to repeat the Grand Slam decider win last year. Ireland do have tough away fixtures away at improving Scotland and Wales so need to be fully on their A game to retain their title.</p><p> </p><h2>England</h2><p>Owen Farrell is such a key man for England. Like Sexton for Ireland, Owen Farrell is pivotal to the team’s success and his smart kicking can give England key field position in order for them to dominate matches. England didn’t perform convincingly in the Autumn internationals but can never be underestimated. An opening game in Ireland will be a huge test for Eddie Jones’ team. England will play tough throughout and Dan Cole will help in this area. They will look to grind out results and make their kicking game count and play territory well.</p><h2> </h2><h2>Wales</h2><p>Wales have won nine matches in a row, which have seen them beat South Africa and Argentina twice, as well as the likes of France and Australia. They are a team to watch in this Six Nations. Alun Wyn Jones is a key player up front. They have strength all over the park and with George North, and the Davies-Williams centre partnership, they have creativity. If they win the opening match in France, they are right in the mix.</p><h2> </h2><h2>France</h2><p>The French don’t travel well. They have lost their last 8 away from Paris, and 16 of their last 19. This isn’t something I expect to change and they will not be able to compete for the Championship this year.</p><p> </p><h2>Scotland</h2><p>The Scottish squad looks solid and they will compete in all their matches, but I don ’t think they have the firepower to cause a big upset and show consistency in all their matches. The opening weekend is crucial for Scotland to get off to a good start at home to Italy, then they follow up with the favourites Ireland heading to Murrayfield, which will be a big test for the Scots.</p><p> </p><h2>Outright: Value Play: Wales 5/1 (6.0) Betway</h2><p>Summary: Wales have been on a good run of late and they have talent all over the field. Their home form has to be strong and I believe it will. With a huge crowd expected at each of the matches at Millennium Stadium, Wales get take maximum points. Away from home and Wales have improved on their travels and a huge opening match will set the agenda for them. I think they are value here to win this Six Nations.</p><p> </p><h2>Other Six Nations Outright 2019 Tips:</h2><p><strong>Best Bet: Wales Top-Two Finish 6/4 (2.5) BetWay</strong></p><p>Summary: As outlined above Wales can be the real deal this year. They come into the Six Nations full of confidence and they can deliver a top 2 finish in this seasons tournament. At 6/4 (2.5) with BetWay, I strongly fancy this selection.</p><p><strong>Best Bet: No Grand Slam 5/6 (1.8) Ladbrokes / <a href=";a=a710bfac-73c1-4a57-b441-2caf1b9f397b">William Hill</a></strong></p><p>Summary: This Six Nations will be close and there will not be a dominant side who will win all their matches. At 6/6 (1.8) with Ladbrokes &amp; William Hill, no Grand Slam winner is definitely worth a play at a shade of odds on.</p>
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