Best Six Nations Betting Matches Wales vs Ireland, England vs Scotland, Italy vs France

Best Six Nations Betting Matches: Wales vs Ireland, England vs Scotland, Italy vs France

The moment that all Northern Hemisphere rugby fans have been waiting for—and some curious Southern Hemisphere fans—is finally here.

This weekend will see the 2023 Six Nations commence, with three heavyweight clashes taking place on Saturday and Sunday night. As rugby-playing nations around the world begin their final plans ahead of the Rugby World Cup later this year, all eyes will be on how the best teams in the Northern Hemisphere perform over the next two months.

Here’s a look at the three matches coming up this weekend, and some of the best Rugby Betting options to make ahead of the first round of the Six Nations.

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Wales vs Ireland

The Six Nations will get underway with an absolute cracker of a game on Saturday night between Wales and Ireland.

Wales are the home side, and will be eager to get their year off to a strong start after a poor 2022. Three losses in their last four home games—including a drubbing at the hands of an unconvincing All Blacks side, a loss to second-tier nation Georgia, and a shocking come-from-behind loss to Australia—saw Wales fire head coach Wayne Pivac, and reinstate Warren Gatland. They’ll be hoping to see some quick changes, but will be hard-pressed against the No.1 team in the world, Ireland.

The men in green are yet again looking to prove that they’re worthy of their No.1 ranking, and build momentum into the World Cup. With odds of -312 in the favor, we say they’ll put a hard-fought yet convincing win over Wales here.

England vs Scotland

England have been patchy since they sent the All Blacks crashing out of the World Cup a little over three years ago.

They’ll be looking to find their best combinations, and will fancy their chances of getting some early momentum with a win over Scotland at Twickenham. However, Scotland have been partial to the occasional win over England in recent times, winning their last Six Nations encounter at Murrayfield last year, and the year before that at Twickenham.

This should be tight—a bit like their Twickenham match two years ago—but we expect the home side will come out victorious this time with odds of -555 in their favor.

Italy vs France

The final match of the Six Nations opening weekend is also expected to be the least competitive.

France are the No.2 ranked side in the world currently, and the favorites to win the Rugby World Cup later this year. However, Italy are on the rise, having scored impressive victories over Wales and Australia last year. Do they have a surprise up their sleeves? It would be a monumental upset, but with chatter of Italy being competitive for real this year, and the opening game being played in front of a raucous Rome crowd—if ever there was a time for the Italians to take down Les Blues, it’s now.

Backing Italy would give a lucrative return of +811, but France’s odds of -5000 speak to how much of a long shot this wager would be.

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