This is by far the most competitive weekend in this years 6 Nations. Every game will be close and a few people could be surprised by a couple of the results
Italy vs Scotland 22/2/20 2:15ko
Italy showed a lot more fight than I expected against the French 2 weeks ago, after a poor performance against the Welsh in Cardiff, they put in a much more respectable performance in Paris. I would love to see them put in a really good performance in front of their home crowd and possibly sneak a win, which would be huge for this group of players. Scotland are a side who have to be low on confidence. 2 games and 2 losses, but more importantly they were games they had every chance of winning and failed to get over the line. Scoring tries is also an issue for them at the moment. They need to go out Saturday and play with a freedom they haven’t shown yet. This will be a very close match.
Italy +8 handicap 10/11 most major bookies – Lost
Wales vs France 22/2/20 4:45ko
This here will be France’s biggest challenge. If they can get a win in Cardiff on Saturday then I fully expect them to go on and win the Grand Slam. But that is no mean feat. Wales in Cardiff are a different beast. They very rarely lose at home, they have picked Moriarty in the back row to try and have an extra ball carrier, realising where England went wrong. But this is almost a selection to try and counter what France have to offer rather than worrying about their own game. Their biggest issue will come in the potential weakness of the midfield. Vakatawa will really fancy his chances up against the inexperienced Tompkins. He is going to have to have the best game of his life just to hang onto him. I sense an upset coming and really think this French team are building something, they will want to perform for their new coach on his old stomping ground
France +6 handicap 10/11 most major bookies – WON
England vs Ireland 23/2/20 3:00ko
Twickenham plays host to a proper clash Sunday. HQ will be rocking with a lot of hopeful Irish fans dreaming of a Grand Slam still. This has all the making of a battle, and this is no more poignant than in the back row. Whichever team gets the upper hand here and wins the contact area, wins the match. I personally struggle to call it. Ireland’s back row have been stunning in the first two rounds with endless turnovers and CJ Stander is back playing the best rugby of his career at the moment. But you cannot overlook England’s three no. 7s in the back row. They will fancy their chances of spoiling everything and slowing any quick ball for Conor Murray and co. This is going to come down to either a mistake or a moment of brilliance. I hope for the latter as the result could go a long way to deciding the championship. This could be a belter.
Ireland +7 handicap 10/11 most major bookies – Lost
Just play the treble this week.