For England the Autumn Internationals concloude with the visit of Australia, who they are scheduled to meet in a world cup pool game in a year’s time
Australia to beat Egland at 6/4 Bet365
It has been a mixed Autumn season for England, beaten by both New Zealand and South Africa. Although the defeats were narrow, the margin was reduced by late scores and “in game” the gap between themselves and the Southern Hemisphere sides was marked.
This weekend Australia come to Twickenham, fresh off a 26-23 defeat in Dublin. This, and the fact that this is the last game of a long season for the Australian players, should give England hope of ending their campaign on a high
It is a big match given that both teams play in the same World Cup Pool group alongside Wales, with only two teams through. England’s problems are the same as previously. Competitive up front, they lack creativity out wide to challenge the best teams who can blunt their phyiscal approach in tight areas
Australia will miss outside centre Tevita Kuridrani for Saturday with an ankle injury but still have a wealth of attacking options notably the excellent back three player Israel Folau. The key will be to establish parity up front to give the backs enough quality ball. This hasn’t been easy in recent years for Australian packs but there has been no sign on this tour of forward weakness.
It was no disgrace for Astralia to lose in Ireland, probably the strongest Northern Hemisphere side currently and Saturday at Twickenham should be another tight match, especially if it is bad weather as seems possible. England are 8/13 outright and four point favourites on the handicap. Australia are 6/4 outright and this looks a very tempting price given England’s performances so far this Autumn
England have dropped Owen Farrell, who has been suffering for form and fitness, and reintroduced Billy Twelvetrees into the backs. It remains to be seen if dropping Farrell is successful, as he is the most reliable source of points the teams has via the boot, compared to any other fly-half in England
Overall, I intend to back Australia at 6/4 with Bet365
Australia to beat England at 6/4 Bet365