Scotland host Italy while Wales visit France in Six Nations
Scotland’s Peter Horne has been named as fly half in place of the suspended Finn Russell and is 7/1 with Coral to cross the whitewash anytime, with his side heavily odds-on at 1/6 to beat Italy.
Horne’s coach Vern Cotter selected the player ahead of Greig Tonks, though feels Horne’s experience will aid the team.
“Peter gets the nods through his experience and through his recent games at first five with Glasgow,” said Cotter. “We think he controlled those games well and that gave him the nod just ahead of Greig.
“He’s very excited about the opportunity to play at 10. He has played with those players who will be outside him,” he said. We know what Greig can give us coming off the bench and that is flexibility at 10 and 15. It’s nice to have somebody who can do those roles.”
Both teams are yet to win in the Six Nations so far this year and, despite losing 15-8 to France in the opening match, Scotland produced a marked improvement against Wales, losing 26-23. Stuart Hogg scored the opening try last time out, and is 8/1 to do the same against Italy.
At Twickenham against England last time out, the Azzurri had the beating of the home side for a good 20 minutes before Stuart Lancaster’s side got a grip on the game. Based on that performance, there is absolutely no reason why they cannot get a win at Murrayfield.
Particularly impressive was talisman Sergio Parisse who scored and ran the show for Italy; proving that he is one of the best players in his position in the world right now. At 5/1 to breach the in-goal area anytime, these are fantastic odds, and those who know rugby union will know that this is absolutely worth a punt!
Luca Morisi who scored two against England and was as equally impressive is 17/2 to add five points to the board anytime, and again, is definitely worth taking advantage of.
Wales, meanwhile, are 11/8 to beat France in Paris and both teams know that they must win to keep their Six Nations title hopes alive. Both have experienced victory and defeat so far, and due to this, other results must go work for them, if they are to win the championship.
To win, Warren Gatland’s team have to be wary about giving penalties away. Out of the 26 points France have recorded in both matches, the boot of Camille Lopez has been responsible for 21 of them, which equates to seven penalties.
They scored their first try last time out, in the 18-11 defeat to Ireland, with Romain Taofifenua crossing. The 24-year-old is 12/1 to score at any point.
Following a 21-16 defeat to England that was hard to swallow, Wales responded with a hard fought victory over Scotland previously.
Although Rhys Webb, 4/1 to score a try anytime, has done so in both games so far, it has been Leigh Halfpenny who, like Lopez, has amassed the most points for his side so far this campaign, eclipsing his rival by three.
He is 9/1 to break this habit, and cross the try-line against France, while George North 10/1 to put the first five points on the board at the Stade de France.