Six Nations: England vs Italy Betting TipsJake Cooper | 12 Oct 2016
England vs Italy | Saturday 14 February, 2015 | Twickenham | 14.30
After a glorious victory against Wales last weekend, England are confident as they head into Saturday’s Six Nations clash against Italy.
England were losing 16-8 to Wales at the break last Friday but came from behind to beat their neighbours 21-16 at the final whistle. This was an important victory for Stuart Lancaster’s men in a World Cup year and a confidence booster for Saturday’s game against Italy.
Italy on the other hand gave a very disappointing performance against Ireland. Despite a much improved form with the addition of Tommy Allan in the last quarter of the game, Italy were unable to turn the game around at such a late stage and lost 26-3 to the visitors.
England’s squad remain unchanged as they host Italy at the weekend. Lancaster commented“We’ve gone for the same squad that played against Wales as we look to build consistent performances.”
Geoff Parling continues to recover from a knee injury picked up while playing for Leicester last month and remains out of the England squad.
“It’s unfortunate that his knee is not right,” said England coach Graham Rowntree.
“Geoff didn’t complete training yesterday,” he added. “His knee is not quite right in terms of his graduated return to full running so he won’t be in the mix for this weekend.”
David Wilson also remains on the sidelines with a neck injury incurred at the end of last month, with Dan Cole acting as his replacement.
“We need to make sure we give it the right amount of time,” said Rowntree. “It has taken a bit longer than anticipated but it’s not an issue.”
For Italy, coach Jacques Brunel has made several changes to the line-up in an attempt to improve the side that failed to make an impact against Ireland.
Marco Bortolami, having recovered from an injury, will start against England while Mauro Bergamasco who also missed out on the defeat in Rome will start at Twickenham as flanker, replacing the injured Alessandro Zanni.
“We have had to rethink the group in light of the injuries to Michele Campagnaro and Zanni,” Brunel commented this week. “But we are counting on the experience of Bortolami and Bergamasco.
“We have worked hard to maintain the defensive quality that we showed against Ireland and are trying to improve our possession.
“England is a different cup of tea and for us, this remains a great challenge.”
Adrea Masi will play in midfield for Saturday’s game to cover for Campagnaro while Luke McLean will move to fullback and Giovambattista Venditti then coming in on the left wing.
Italy have lost their last twenty games to England so statistics are not on their side as they head to Twickenham. To make more of an impact it seems to me that the team needs a bigger shake up than Brunel is proposing, with young and inspiring talent such as the likes of Tommaso Allan key to adding pace and creating opportunities.
Six Nations: England vs Italy Betting Tips
With England in great form and Italy yet to find their feet in the competition, the odds on a home victory are too short to make it worth your while.
To get your money’s worth I’d back an England victory by 16-20 points, priced at 7/1 at Betway.