2018 International Rugby: England v Australia Preview

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Both England and Australia will be looking to end off a rather forgettable year on a high when the two clash at Twickenham on Saturday, writes Shaun Goosen.

England v Australia
24 November 
Twickenham Stadium, London

To Win (80 mins)
England 1/3
Draw 25/1
Australia 22/10

England  (-8) 9/10
Australia (+8) 9/10

*Forecast handicaps

Fourth-ranked England have recorded five wins from 11-Tests so far in 2018. The sixth-ranked Wallabies have four from 12. Neither team has inspired much optimism ahead of next year’s World Cup, with both coaching staffs under huge pressure heading into the 2019 season.

Since claiming two Six Nations Championships in his first two seasons at the helm of England, Eddie Jones has come under immense scrutiny from the English press for his team selections and playing style. With many pundits calling for his head, Jones will have his back against the wall ahead of the global showpiece in Japan.

Michael Cheika too has copped his fair share of criticism in 2018. After a home series loss to Ireland, another underwhelming Rugby Championship saw his side steadily trickle down the world rankings and their recent 6-9 loss to Wales in Cardiff, a first in 10 years, means his men are set to finish the year with a winning percentage of less than 50%.

Neither team was convincing in their respective wins over Japan and Italy last weekend, though both Jones and Cheika are expected to name much changed lineups for this Saturday. With dry weather expected, the contest may come down to which side creates the most pressure with ball in hand.

Verdict: England (-8) 9/10 *Forecast handicaps
Playing at home, expect England to come out on top by 10-points or less.

Written by Shaun Goosen for Hollywoodbets

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