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France v England Preview And Betting Tips – Six Nations

France v England Preview And Betting Tips – Six Nations

Eddie Jones and the England faithful will be expecting big things from their World Cup finalists in the 2020 Six Nations, beginning with an opening win in Paris against a very talented French outfit. Former England internationals Andy Goode and Nick Easter give their expert opinions ahead of the clash which you can watch below, while tipsters Form Labs guide you to where the value might lie with their betting preview and tips for the much-anticipated game.


 



 


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A new era of French rugby has begun, after the thoroughly disappointing Jacques Brunel who finished his time in their dugout with a winning ratio of just 43% is replaced by Fabian Galthie.


The former Toulon coach has made wholesale changes too, with as many as 19 uncapped players for his first Six Nations tournament, while the addition of Shaun Edwards has to please the fans.


It’s a similar looking setup for England, as Eddie Jones remains in their camp but only this time he’s joined by Simon Amor and recent World Cup winning forwards coach Matt Proudfoot.


The Aussie coach has opted for 22 of the players that got him to the final in Japan, but Billy Vunipola’s broken arm is certainly a serious loss with no other specialist number eight being named.


These two teams were meant to face one another back in October at the World Cup, but Typhoon Hagibis stopped that from occurring although it did mean both sides advanced from Pool C.


The Red Roses have had some success down the years in this fixture, winning 11 of their 16 meetings since October 2007, including three of four since Jones took over from the visitors.


That sole defeat came at Stade de France two years ago by a six point margin, although they’ll feel aggrieved having been camped on the French tryline in overtime, only for referee Jaco Peyper to award a penalty against them.


It should be noted though, that that defeat came in the midst of England’s worst run under current management, losing five successive matches and finishing fifth in this tournament for the first time ever.


 



 


England 1-12 Point Winning Margin, Either Team By Less Than 7.5 Points


However, looking at their Six Nations tussles at the Stade de France against the English, they do hold a favourable W4-L2 record this decade.


Indeed, five of those six clashes were separated by a maximum of six points, with the largest margin being just 10 points back in 2016.


Moreover, if we include both Ireland and Wales (other top Six Nations outfits) in that, then Les Bleus have gone W5-D1-L7 here, with all 13 seeing a maximum of 10 points separate the teams and 11 fewer than eight.


With that in mind, the solid bet for this one looks to be in backing either side to win by fewer than eight points, while considering the amount of changes the French have made to their side, coupled with the fact Eddie Jones is W1-L1 at this stadium since taking the reins of England, we’ll pair that with the England 1-12 point winning margin.


England 1-12 Point Winning Margin At 6/4


Either Team By Less Than 7.5 Points At 11/10


 



 


FRANCE V ENGLAND TEAMS 


France: 15 Anthony Bouthier, 14 Teddy Thomas, 13 Virimi Vakatawa, 12 Gael Fickou, 11 Damian Penaud, 10 Romain Ntamack, 9 Antoine Dupont, 8 Grégory Alldritt, 7 Charles Ollivon (c), 6 François Cros, 5 Paul Willemse, 4 Bernard Le Roux, 3 Mohamed Haouas, 2 Julien Marchand, 1 Cyril Baille


Replacements: 16 Peato Mauvaka, 17 Jefferson Poirot, 18 Demba Bamba, 19 Boris Palu, 20 Cameron Woki, 21 Baptiste Serin, 22 Matthieu Jalibert, 23 Vincent Rattez


England: 15 George Furbank, 14 Jonny May, 13 Manu Tuilagi, 12 Owen Farrell (captain), 11 Elliot Daly, 10 George Ford, 9 Ben Youngs, 8 Tom Curry, 7 Sam Underhill, 6 Courtney Lawes, 5 Charlie Ewels, 4 Maro Itoje, 3 Kyle Sinckler, 2 Jamie George, 1 Joe Marler.


Replacements: 16 Luke Cowan-Dickie, 17 Ellis Genge, 18 Will Stuart, 19 George Kruis, 20 Lewis Ludlam, 21 Willi Heinz, 22 Ollie Devoto, 23 Jonathan Joseph


 



 


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