Six Nations Week 2 Betting Preview

France V Scotland – Sat 3pm Stade de France

France coach Marc Lievremont will be hoping to release some of the pressure on him in this weekends 6 Nations opener against Scotland, following last weeks defeat to the Irish Lievremont has now lost six of his eleven games in charge since he took over as head coach in October 2007. In come Romain Millo-Chluski, Fabien Barcella, Nicolas Mas, Cedric Heymans and Benoit Baby replaces the suspended Florian Fritz.

Scotland make five changes to the side beaten by Wales in last weeks opener, coach Frank Hadden has drafted in the Evans brothers to try and liven up the back division – Thom didn’t even make the 22 last week – Alasdair Strokosch, Alasdair Dickinson and Simon Danielli make up the rest of the changes.

Outright Betting

France are best priced 1/9 with Totesport
Scotland are 9/1 with Sportingbet
Draw is 40/1 with Paddy Power

Handicap Betting

France -15 are 10/11 with Betfred and William Hill
Scotland +16 are 10/11 with Paddy Power
Draw is 22/1 with Paddy Power

Wales V England – Sat 5.30pm Millennium Stadium

Wales welcome back captain Ryan Jones from injury to face England while Shane Williams is ruled out with an ankle injury picked up at Murrayfield, with his place going to Scarlets wing Mark Jones. Wales coach Warren Gatland has been goading England by claiming to have been watching videos of Leicester to prepare and then saying Leicester look a better outfit.

England have continued with their back to basics policy with the recalls of fit again Mike Tindall and Joe Worsley, they have also retained Andy Goode at fly-half almost certainly meaning a kicking based game again.

Outright Betting

Wales are 2/7 with Blue Square
England are 7/2 with Sky Bet
Draw is 33/1 with Paddy Power

Handicap Betting

Wales -9 are 10/11 with Ladbrokes and William Hill
England +11 are 10/11 with Boylesports and Totesport
Draw is 20/1 with Paddy Power

Italy V Ireland – Sun 2.30pm Stadio Flaminio

Italy coach Nick Mallett took full responsibility for last weeks defeat to England as his plan to play Mauro Bergamasco at scrum half backfired badly. Along with Bergamasco reverting to his more familiar role as flanker Italy have also brought in Paul Griffen and Luke McLean.

Ireland – who have never tasted defeat against the Italians – have kept the same side which beat the French last weekend, Declan Kidney was tempted to make changes to continue his squad building plans but in the end opted to remain unchanged meaning Paddy Wallace keeps Gordon D’Arcy on the bench.

Outright Betting

Italy are 11/2 with Ladbrokes
Ireland are 1/6 with Blue Square, Coral and William Hill
Draw is 33/1 with Paddy Power

Handicap Betting

Italy +14 are 10/11 with Totesport
Ireland -12 are 5/6 with Blue Square
Draw is 25/1 with Paddy Power

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