Ireland vs England Betting TipsJake Cooper | 12 Oct 2016
Ireland vs England | Sunday 1 March, 2015 | Aviva Stadium | 15.00
England travel to Dublin on Sunday for the supercharged Six Nation match against Ireland. The clash kicks off at 3PM at the Aviva Stadium, pitting the only two teams with unbeaten records against each other.
Three wins in a row against Ireland suggest that Coach Stuart may have found the right formula to fight off the Irish threat. The home side, however, are chasing a 10th successive win and are the reigning Six Nations champions. They lifted the trophy for the second time in Paris last year after beating France 22-20 to win the title on points difference.
England are third in the world rankings, with Ireland one place behind them, and together the two teams provide Europe’s best hopes of stopping southern hemisphere domination at this autumn’s Rugby World Cup.
England’s performance this season has been solid but the players have been warned that significant improvement will be required if they are to beat Ireland on Sunday.
“There is no doubt the game in Dublin has huge significance in relation to the championship,” England’s head coach Stuart Lancaster said.
“We’ve won there before but we know just how good a side they are.”
Lancaster is not getting carried away by the 30-point victory against Italy or the opening-round victory against Wales in Cardiff.
“We made another slow start and needed to increase the intensity and we did that against a side full of passion and determination,” he said.
England may be at disadvantage after the loss of their bristling full-back Michael Brown following his head injury against Italy.
Brown’s absence has robbed England of their second most experienced player in the backline. His replacement, Alex Goode has been in excellent form for his club and Lancaster was particularly impressed with his performance in the recent Aviva Premiership victory over Bath.
“We have absolute trust in Alex,” Lancaster said.
England have not won a Six Nations grand slam since 2003 and have managed only one title over the same period. They have finished second in each of the last three seasons but Lancaster is hoping their away win in Cardiff will give them the confidence they need at the Aviva Stadium.
Ireland vs England Betting Tips
It’s definitely the toughest Six Nations game so far this season and the outcome may just be as tough to predict. England seem to be the better attacking side at the moment, whilst Ireland’s defense is doing a great job.
England have not been beaten by Ireland since 2011 and, if they perform as they have so far this season, they can certainly cause an upset at the Aviva Stadium.
Tommy Bowe to score any time during the game is priced at 5/2 with William Hill.