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P.J. Murray 9th Jun 2011 - 13:09

Exiles to be left in the cold

All the talk and all the buildup will stop tomorrow as the fan selected Exiles squad will face off against England.

This is a game that could potentially develop into an annual affair depending on how it is received tomorrow, although expectation is that it will be a cracker of a match.

It's hard to predict how teams will gel only coming together for one game, most of these players won't have played together before and it will be a big job for Brian McClennan to turn them into a team.

The Exiles are the favourites at 4/9 to take the win in this inaugural match, but they are only six point favourites on the handicap markets at 10/11.

You can back the hosts at 13/8 to win and with Richie Myler in their squad it's not beyond belief to image that England can cause a bit of an upset.

The Widnes and Salford youngster lost his place last season, but has proven for Warrington that he is more than capable of another international call up. His case has been enhanced by injuries to Huddersfield's Danny Brough and James Roby of St Helens. Myler is available at 14/1 to go over and score the first try of the game, but you can back him at 5/4 to score a try at any stage in the game.

Brian McClennan has reunited himself with Leeds Rhinos duo Kylie Leuluai and Danny Buderus as he looks to guide the exiles to a win. The will face Ryan Hall who is in the English team. The winger has featured seven times for England so far having scored two tries in his burgeoning international career. He will be the spearhead of this English attack and you can back him at 9/1 to score first and 4/5 to score at anytime.

Pat Richards will be the danger man for the exiles, the Australian-born Irish professional is currently at Wigan and he is 8/1 to be the first try scorer of the game. And very short odds at 8/13 that he will score a try anytime during the match.

For some short price value you can back England plus fourteen points at 1/3 on our alternative market, considering this will be quite a close game id imagine and with a partisan home crowd I think this could be quite a value bet.

England will need to get out ahead of the Exiles if they want to win this, they are 6/4 to go in ahead at the break, while it's 9/1 for a halftime draw.

I think England have the advantage of home ground and the fact that they have played together as a squad, I would back them to win outright and for them to be leading at halftime.


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