The third weekend of the Six Nations, with the two remaining unbeaten sides meeting in Dublin on Sunday as Ireland host England

Recommendations

Scotland -11 points versus Italy at 10/11 BetVictor

Wales +3 points versus France at 10/11 BetVictor

Ireland -1 point versus England at Evens BetVictor

Scotland v Italy (Saturday 2.30pm)

Scotland have looked far more threatening this year under coach Vern Cotter, particularly out wide where the backline looks better quality than for many years and capable of scoring tries. What has yet to follow, after many years of not being too competitive with the best teams, is that winning instinct that allows them to get over the line in close games as we have seen already this championship losing to France and Wales.

For this game Scotland miss their talented fly-half Finn Russell through suspension and second row Richie Gray through injury. They still should have more than enough to beat the Italians though, who conceded 47 points at Twickenham last time out losing by 30 points. There were enough signs in that game to suggest Italy are on the right lines but probably not enough to win a game in this year’s championship.

In terms of the handicap for this game Scotland -11 is the quote. 10/11 generally and i would expect them to cover this with the expansive style instituted under their new coach

France v Wales (Saturday 5pm)

This should be a very close game between two sides still with plenty to prove. France lost in Ireland, really only playing any sort of attractive rugby in the last quarter when they were two scoreds down. A very frustrating side to watch, looking to have bags of flair but inconsistent strategy and execution let them down

Back in Paris they are three point handicap favourites against the Welsh, who won in Edinburgh slightly fortunately but have the game to compete here. Leigh Halfpenny will kick the goals and the combination of a very competitive back row and experienced midfield to take on the French where they are strongest

A tight call this, but will take the Welsh +3 points 10/11 (and 7/5 outright for value) in a real 50-50 game

Ireland v England (Sunday 3pm)

Both sides have played two, won two and this is really a clash to relish. Ireland at home play a very consistent style based off the forwards, Jonny Sexton and Conor Murray’s excellent tactical kicking game and brilliant defence restricting opportunities to the opponet. All of these factors will be in full force this coming weekend

England have the brawn to meet this head on and finally are showing signs of some creativity in the backs making space and finishing 0pportunities. Where in the past two games England have lacked in comparison to Ireland is in defence, but if England have addressed this over the past fortnight in training this is likely to be an attritional game of few opportunities where field position is key

The handicap market is struggling to split these two with Ireland at home only 1 point favourites. If pushed, Iwould fancy them to win outright at home, and would consider -1 to under-state their home advantage especially if even money prices such as that offered by BetVictor at the time of writing

Recommendations

Scotland -11 points versus Italy at 10/11 BetVictor

Wales +3 points versus France at 10/11 BetVictor

Ireland -1 point versus England at Evens BetVictor