What a way to kick things off!!! For me, this is the tightest 6 Nations in years, where you could make an argument for any 5 of the Nations winning it… Sorry Italy!!!
There seems to be a gulf emerging again between Italy and the other nations. I wouldn’t put this down to Italy being any worse than in recent years, just the others look a lot stronger and are all now competing and winning against the big 3 Southern Hemisphere sides as they showed in the Autumn.
I will post a suggested treble for each round of games alongside normal weekly domestic games, but I have a couple of tournament bets worth a second look
As I said above, this year is very competitive. Ireland would be an obvious choice as they are flying high with both club and country, but they are too shorter price for me when having to travel away to both Cardiff and Edinburgh. England you can make an argument for, but they also have two nasty away ties opening this weekend in Dublin and then going to Cardiff later on.
That leaves me leaning towards the Welsh fence. If they can get off to a good start in a huge match in Paris on Friday night, then they have the potential to not only win the tournament but possibly go on to win another Grand Slam. It is a big advantage to them this year having both England and Ireland having to come to Cardiff, so however much it pains me to say, this is where my money will be going
Wales to Win Championship, best price 5/1
Available with Skybet, Ladbrokes, Unitbet, Corals & Betfred
Wales to Win Grand slam, best price 14/1
Available with Ladbrokes and Boylesports, otherwise generally 12/1.
Top Tournament Try Scorer
This follows suit with above, one man who has really found his mojo since moving back to play in his homeland is George North. This man seems like a different player in a Wales shirt and I think he is going to have a big Tournament
George North, 14/1 with Unitbet, otherwise generally 12/1.
Round 1 Treble
I expect a huge performance from Wales on Friday night, it will be tight, it always is. But the welsh have the players to close out tight games now and are building a strong squad in world cup year.
Scotland will win, but there will be some rust there. Italy will be very competitive for the first hour as they will see this as their most winnable game. But Scotland should ease away in the last 20 to a comfortable win.
Ireland should have enough to win, but England will really fancy an upset in Dublin, I have had word that the training camp in Portugal had a great feel to it and they really fancy causing an upset. This is a contest that could go either way, so playing England on the handicap is a no brainer.
Wales to Win – generally Even Money.
Italy To Win with +24 points – Even Money with Paddy Power, generally 10/11.
Please note some bookmakers may show a 22 or 25 point handicap.
England To Win with +9 points – Even Money with Paddy Power, Betfair & Bet365, generally 10/11.
Please note some bookmakers may show an 8 point handicap.
Win Treble 5/1 based on available prices above.
Good luck, let’s make some money