England vs Scotland Betting TipsJake Cooper | 12 Oct 2016
England vs Scotland | Saturday 14 March, 2015 | Twickenham | 17.00
England need a victory in Saturday’s Calcutta Cup as a loss at Twickenham to rivals Scotland would be a devastating blow, particularly in a World Cup year.
Stuart Lancaster has called in the big guns with experienced locks Courtney Lawes and Geoff Parling in a bid to make up for the mistakes that cost them in Dublin just 10 days ago. Lawes will star alongside Dave Attwood, while Parling will be ready and waiting to come off the bench.
The only other change in Lancaster’s starting XV will be the return of Mike Brown at fullback after recovering from concussion.
26-year-old Saints player Lawes has been a vital part of the England line-up for several years, with Graham Rowntree commenting on his progress over the last five years, “Courtney has matured as a person and as a player. You can’t hide what he brings for us physically.
“He has played two games for Saints [since recovering from injury] and he has played well in both. Last season, on the summer tour and into the autumn, Courtney has played exceptionally well for us. He is back to his best. We have riches in our second-row resources at the moment with a lot of athletes there but Courtney is a special player.”
England’s lineouts let them down against Ireland, most notably when they lost the ball after a penalty kicked to touch right by the Ireland try-line. Rowntree is confident that Lawes’ return will boost England’s performance in that respect.
Captain Chris Robshaw is confident that his side can return to full strength at Twickenham this weekend, acknowledging that their display at the Aviva Stadium was well below par.
“We need to put ourselves back out there and get our standards back up,” said Robshaw. The England captain is also hopeful that Wales can beat Ireland in Cardiff this weekend to put England back in with a chance of the title.
“From an England point of view, I hope Wales win,” he said.
Scotland’s unexpected loss to Italy last time out was a knock to the side’s confidence but they’ll be looking to put up a good fight on Saturday.
It’s difficult to see the Scots causing much trouble for England in their current form, although their best chance of hurting England lies with Stuart Hogg. Combining both pace and around 15 stone of muscle, he could certainly be a threat to England.
England vs Scotland Betting Tips
England look strong ahead of this clash so we’ll be backing a home victory at Twickenham with a 16-20 point margin, priced at 9/2 with Betway.