King of Stats: All of the numbers ahead of the Six Nations

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With the Six Nations on the verge of starting, there are approximately already 100 markets for punters to get their teeth into.

Hopefully, the King of Stats will provide some decent starting points for profit.

46 – The number of tries scored in the 2012 Six Nations, which was the lowest number in all of the time that the tournament has included six teams. Ireland managed the most with 13 last time. It is 5/6 that there are 52 tries or fewer this time and 8/11 that Ireland contribute 10 or more.

9 – Of the last 11 Six Nations competitions, a fairly high nine have seen the Triple Crown landed, which is a mini-tournament between England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. It is 4/9 that the Triple Crown is won this time, with England considered the most likely at 3/1 to do so.

1 – Ireland’s Declan Kidney is the only coach at this year’s Six Nations with experience of more than one previous Six Nations campaign. This must count for something and Ireland can be backed at 4/1 to win the Six Nations and 11/8 to finish in the top two.

4 – The number of combined defeats that France have suffered across their last five away meetings with England and Ireland. They meet both on the road this year and 8/11 is a fair price that France do not win all of their games.

0 – Scotland’s away games this year are at England and France, two nations they have failed to beat on the road since the Six Nations was extended to six teams. However, they do host Italy, who they have beaten five times out of six. 13/8 is a decent price that they win exactly one fixture in this year’s tournament.

2004 – This was the last occasion that France were responsible for even a shared winner of the Six Nations top tryscorer accolade and this is despite the fact they have won the tournament three times since. Therefore, it may be wise to avoid Wesley Fofana to be top tournament tryscorer at 9/1, but 7/4 is fair that he goes over the most times for France.

3 – Even including shared winners, only three players since 2003 have been top Six Nations tryscorer without facing Italy at home. Chris Ashton looks England’s best hope for tries this season and can be backed at 8/1.

All odds and markets accurate as of publication’s time and date

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Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.