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France vs Scotland: Les Bleus have too much to do

France vs Scotland: Les Bleus have too much to do

The Six Nations title is on the line when France host Scotland in the delayed final match of the 2021 tournament. The match should have been played in February but was delayed because of a Covid-19 outbreak in the France squad, meaning Les Bleus know they need a bonus-point win and a winning margin of at least 21 points to deny Wales the title.

Six Nations predictions: Tasty 9/2 Round 5 treble

Six Nations predictions: Tasty 9/2 Round 5 treble

We’ve got Six Nations predictions for the fifth round of fixtures in this year’s tournament and are eyeing a 9/2 treble if they all come good. A lack of spectators hasn’t stopped there from being plenty of thrills and spills and more excitement is expected from this weekend’s crucial clashes.

Wales vs England: Hosts backed to make bright start

Wales vs England: Hosts backed to make bright start

Wales have had a helping hand from the match officials in winning their first two Six Nations games but are still fancied to give England a tough test in Cardiff. The hosts go into this contest with a much-improved injury situation and can always be relied upon to be fired up for this fixture.

Italy vs Ireland: Azzurri appeal in handicap markets

Italy vs Ireland: Azzurri appeal in handicap markets

Ireland have shown plenty of courage in Six Nations losses to Wales and France and should now get off the mark when visiting Italy. However, this does not look a vintage Irish team by any means and we don’t think they are capable of running riot at Stadio Olimpico on Saturday.

Ireland vs France: Les Bleus still have plenty to prove

Ireland vs France: Les Bleus still have plenty to prove

Ireland showed plenty of spirit in defeat against Wales after going down to 14 men early on and deserve another chance when entertaining France. Les Bleus are now favourites to claim a first Six Nations title since 2010 after thrashing Italy in Rome but this will be a totally different test.

Scotland vs Wales: Hosts can build on Twickenham triumph

Scotland vs Wales: Hosts can build on Twickenham triumph

Scotland’s confidence should be sky high after stunning England in their Six Nations opener and they have a good chance of following up with a win over Wales. The Dragons made hard work of edging out an Ireland side reduced to 14 men early on and have been rocked by injury problems ahead of this trip.

England vs Italy: Holders must now boost points difference

England vs Italy: Holders must now boost points difference

After last week’s shock loss to Scotland, England face Italy knowing points difference is likely to play a part if they are to recover and retain the Six Nations title. That spells bad news for the Azzurri, who looked a lost cause when thrashed 50-10 at home by France in the opening round of fixtures.

Wales vs Ireland: Away win rated percentage pick

Wales vs Ireland: Away win rated percentage pick

Wales suffered an alarming dip in form during 2020 and begin this year’s Six Nations with plenty to prove when taking on Ireland in Cardiff. The Dragons slipped from Grand Slam winners in 2019 to a fifth-place finish in this competition and also struggled in the Autumn Nations Cup.

England vs Scotland: Visitors tipped to be competitive

England vs Scotland: Visitors tipped to be competitive

Scotland have given England lots of trouble in recent Six Nations encounters and are again fancied to be competitive at Twickenham this weekend. Gregor Townsend’s men have become defensively sound and it is hard to envisage them taking a significant beating in this season’s opening contest.

Italy vs France: Azzurri appeal in handicap market

Italy vs France: Azzurri appeal in handicap market

Italy have tended to save their best Six Nations efforts for when facing France in recent seasons and may be worth backing with a big start in Rome. The Azzurri were on top for long periods before going down 25-14 here two years ago and played their part in an entertaining 35-22 defeat in Paris last term.

England vs France: Les Bleus appeal with big start

England vs France: Les Bleus appeal with big start

England are hot favourites to add Autumn Nations Cup glory to their Six Nations success when hosting France in Sunday’s final, but may not have things all their own way. Les Bleus are hampered by being forced to field a shadow team, but they have still impressed during this tournament.

Super League Grand Final: Wigan to end on a high

Super League Grand Final: Wigan to end on a high

Two of the game’s biggest rivals will meet when Wigan take on St Helens in a belated climax to the 2020 Super League season. St Helens will extend their own record of 12 Grand Final appearances, but the losers will set a new, unwanted record for most defeats, both having previously lost on five occasions.

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