Autumn Internationals: England vs New Zealand Betting TipsJake Cooper | 12 Oct 2016
England vs New Zealand | Saturday 8 November, 2014 | Twickenham | 14.30
England take on the All Blacks at Twickenham this Saturday in what could be one of the most exciting clashes in this year’s Autumn Internationals.
The two sides met several times in June as England toured New Zealand and while the first two games were closely fought contests, the All Blacks ultimately dominated the series, claiming a 3-0 victory.
England face New Zealand just 5 weeks after the Kiwis’ defeat at the hands of South Africa, which ended an astonishing two year undefeated run.
With the World Cup just around the corner, England will be keen to beat the visitors and set the bar for next year’s competition on home turf. The autumn internationals that preceded England’s victorious 2003 World Cup in Australia saw England beat New Zealand 31-28, also beating Australia and South Africa to dominate the series.
Stuart Lancaster’s side heading into the 2014 autumn internationals may not be as strong as the 2003 World Cup winners quite yet but victories over the Southern Hemisphere giants over the next month will set them up as serious contenders for next year’s title.
A win against the All Blacks on Saturday is not out of the question for England, who last beat New Zealand 38-21 at Twickenham in December 2012. A repeat performance would instil the side with a huge amount of confidence for the rest of the Autumn Internationals.
Lancaster believes his men are ready for the challenge of facing the world’s best side, commenting this week, “We’re in a better position now than we were in the last Test against New Zealand in November. The players who are here have trained very well. They had a great week last week. They’ll have another good week of learning this week. We’re very confident with the players we have. There are a lot of players who are playing well and who will be ready on Saturday.”
England’s injury list heading into the weekend is quite extensive and could cripple the team’s chances. Joe Launchbury, Geoff Parling, Alex Corbisiero, Mako Vunipola, Tom Youngs, Dan Cole, Ed Slater, Tom Croft and Manu Tuilagi will all be absent from the clash.
New Zealand have to be considered the firm favourites, despite their loss to South Africa last month. Since then the All Blacks have returned to winning form with victories over Australia and the USA in the last few weeks.
Fly-half Dan Carter will miss out on Saturday having recently returned from a long-term leg injury but the talented Sonny Bill Williams will start, having returned from a 2 year Rugby League hiatus last month.
England vs New Zealand Betting Tips
New Zealand look good for the win but England won’t go down without a fight, so expect a narrow winning margin. Betway have the All Blacks to win by 1-5 points at 9/2.
Debutant Semesa Rokoduguni has been in impressive form for Bath this season and looks good to score the first try at 12/1 with Paddy Power.