2018 Six Nations: Scotland vs England Preview

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Scotland and England will revive their rivalry when they face off in Murrayfield this Saturday the 24th of February.  

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Scotland v England
24 February 18h45
BTS Murrayfield

To Win (80 Mins)
Scotland 22/10
Draw 22/1
England 7/20  

Scotland (+7.5) 9/10
England (-7.5) 9/10 

Perhaps the most charming aspect of the Six Nations Championship is in its uncanny knack of pitting together teams at the most interesting of times of their respective season’s evolutions. Naturally, considering the compressed nature of the tournament, this never comes as too much of a shock, but this weekend’s match-up at Murrayfield is nonetheless set to be one seriously entertaining game of footy.


Personally, I fell as though Scotland have taken a few steps back this tournament. Their thumping 34-7 loss to Wales in the first round came as a complete surprise and would have certainly dampened any potential rugby romantic’s dream about a Scottish title-winning charge. Their 32-26 win over France was much improved, but all indicators are that this week’s showdown with the defending champions will come too soon for them.

With dry, chilly weather expected, the Scots will perhaps look to give the ball some width and take the game to the English early on. They are unlikely to outmuscle their opponents and will perhaps resort to a more free-flowing, loose game to combat whatever weaknesses they may have at the set-pieces; not least scrum time.

Two-time Player of the Tournament Stuart Hogg has hardly had a sniff all tournament long, and I’m banking on him seeing more of the ball this weekend as the hosts bid to spark something special amongst their back division.


One can’t help but feel that this “good” England side is on its way to becoming great. Theirs is a squad that has made winning a habit and indeed the way they are able to get themselves over the line in some tight Test matches is absolutely uncanny. With the World Cup just a little over a year away, I’d put good money on the fact that Steve Hansen is set for some sleepless nights in the months ahead; something that few would have predicted but two short years ago.

Scotland have proven themselves a welcome opponent for Eddie Jones’ side in the past, with the men in white having won all eight of their last meetings. Ahead of the weekend, one would be hard-pressed to find any good reason why this streak won’t continue, with the psychological gulf between the sides too great for the hosts to negotiate. England are hell-bent on winning all four Six Nations tournaments in the build up to Japan 2019, and it would certainly take a monumental Scottish effort to knock them off their stride this Saturday. With the raw physicality at their disposal, I don’t see them slipping up.

Verdict: England (-7.5) 9/10
Owen Farrell’s having been passed fit will have a huge bearing on the contest, and his tactical genius is sure to set England up well for another win. On the basis of their opening two games, Scotland don’t have it in them to cause an upset. Expect more of the same this Saturday.

Written by Shaun Goosen for @Hollywoodbets.net

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