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England remain Six Nations favourites despite France loss

England remain Six Nations favourites despite France loss

The 2020 Six Nations is in full swing and the first three intriguing matches took place across the Saturday and Sunday of the first week.

The action started in Cardiff where Wales produced a scintillating display to comfortably see off Italy, winning 42-0 at the Principality Stadium to leave them top of the standings after the opening weekend.

Next was a clash between Ireland and Scotland that saw the former come out on top thanks to an inspired display from captain Johnny Sexton. Sexton scored all of Ireland’s points as they came out 19-12 winners over the Scots in Dublin.

Finally, World Cup runners-up England faced France in the most highly-anticipated game of the opening weekend on Sunday. However, Eddie Jones’ team were not able to make a winning start to this Six Nations campaign despite a brace of tries from winger Jonny May, as the French came away 24-17 victors from the game.

Despite losing the opening game of the tournament and with it seeing their chances of winning the Grand Slam go out the window, England remain the bookies’ favourites to win the Six Nations ahead of the rest of the field.

The majority of bookmakers still have England as the odds-on 9/4 favourites to go on and win the tournament, with them now likely needing to win each of their final four games in order to be crowned champions.

Behind England in the betting market is France, who have now jumped to 5/2 and second favourites following their defeat of Jones’ team having previously been touted out as far as 7/1 to be the Six Nations champions.

There isn’t too much to split Wales and Ireland according to the bookies in their pursuit of the Six Nations trophy, with the two nations currently priced at 11/4 and 7/2 respectively to win the tournament outright.

At the bottom of the betting ranks it’s no surprise to see Scotland now have the odds stacked well against them after an opening loss to Ireland. You can currently get 66/1 on an outright win of the Six Nations for the Scots.

That price in itself looks promising when you compare it to that of Italy after they kicked off with a 42-point defeat to Wales. The bookies give the Italians virtually no chance of going all the way in the tournament, with them being priced as major underdogs at 2000/1 just one game in. Paddy Power Rugby are bringing some fantastic odds.

February 22nd, 2020

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