By News Team
19th March 2021
Barring a mathematical turn-up, the Six Nations title will be settled in Paris this weekend, where Wales visit France.
Les Bleus sit nine points below the Welsh, but have a crucial game in hand over Scotland so it’s still all to play for.
Elsewhere in the round five fixtures, England can finish above Ireland with a win in Dublin, while Scotland will be hoping to keep their dream of Six Nations glory alive against Italy.
Scotland v Italy – 14:15, Saturday
It’s been a vintage year so far for Scotland and their form shouldn’t be derailed by a narrow defeat to Ireland last week. They played another cracking game and it came down to the finest of margins.
Up against Italy they have the opportunity to enjoy crossing the whitewash a few times and are priced at Evens with a -27 handicap. Scotland’s Duhan van der Merwe continues to shrug off the tacklers with relative ease and may be too hot for the Italian defence to handle. The ‘Jock Bok’ is 6/1 to open the scoring.
Ireland v England – 16:45, Saturday
Over in Dublin, England are a shade of odds-on at 4/6 for a win over the Irish. Though England played with far more verve against a strong French side last weekend, the Irish (11/8) have grown as the tournament has gone on and this could be a very tight one. The draw, a rarity in rugby, is priced at 18/1.
England’s Six Nations record in Ireland reads LWWLLW, showing how evenly balanced this fixture usually is, and this looks to be another match that could swing either way. The handicap betting makes a slight preference for Eddie Jones’ men, who are Evens to win with a -2 handicap.
France v Wales – 20:00, Saturday
The big clash of the weekend, which looks like deciding the destination of this year’s Six Nations title, comes under the lights in Paris on Saturday night. France are worthy 2/5 favourites after an impressive campaign, but are never a side you can overly trust.
Wales will be fresh from rolling over Italy last weekend, but France are a totally different kettle of fish and the Welsh are underdogs at 11/5 to follow up that win. The handicap gives Wales an 8-point headstart, though many will feel they’ll need all of that to down a tough and improving French XV.
A win for Wales and they are Grand Slam champions, while a draw would also guarantee the title, as would two bonus points secured in a defeat. They are 4/9 to win the championship. France (7/4), meanwhile, need to win to keep their hopes alive ahead of their final clash with Scotland. This should be a cracker.