South Africa v England Preview: Cape Town torment for the tourists?

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England will be looking to end a miserable run of form when they take on South Africa in Cape Town on Saturday.

Eddie Jones’ men have endured a torrid time of things since the turn of the year. A disappointing Six Nations brought a fifth-place finish behind the likes of France and Scotland.

Defeat to the Barbarians at Twickenham extended that run before further back-to-back defeats against the Springboks made it six straight losses.

The Red Rose have lost 13 of their last 15 matches against South Africa. And our traders aren’t predicting that things will get any better at Newlands Stadium on Saturday.

The tourists are 8/5 to claim an unlikely victory against 8/15 for the hosts. A third ever draw between the two nations is priced at 25/1.

Indiscipline and defensive mistakes have dogged England in recent times, and in particular during the most recent test in Bloemfontein.

A record of 128 points conceded in their last three games only serves to highlight the frailties that have come to undermine Jones’ recent tenure.

South Africa are 10/11 on the -5 Handicap. Alternatively, we go 11/2 for the hosts to inflict further misery on England with victory by a 6-10 Point Margin.

The Springboks’ dominance this summer can be attributed largely to the performances of energetic scrumhalf Faf de Klerk.

The Sale Sharks star has been a constant thorn in the Red Rose’s side and opened the scoring in the 42-39 win in Bloemfontein a fortnight ago.

He’s zippy, no-nonsense and guarantees a threat throughout the game. You can back him at 16/1 to go over for the First Try once again and 5/2 Anytime.

S’Busiso Nkosi scored twice in the first-test and is 11/10 Anytime here. Powerful number eight Danny Vermeulen is (x) to get his second try in as many matches.

England will be looking towards the duo of Jonny May and Mike Brown once again.

The pair have gone over the whitewash in both matches so far and look set to be the visitors’ best bet once again on Saturday.

May is 11/8 Anytime, with Brown at 15/8. Winger Elliot Daly didn’t score last time out but did at least improve off his performance in the opening test.

He’s 5/2 to round out the tour with his second try in South Africa.

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All Odds and Markets correct as of date of publication

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Nick Murphy

Nick is a graduate of the University of East Anglia where he doubled up as the sports editor of the student newspaper Concrete. He also supports Dagenham & Redbridge and previously edited the matchday programme at Victoria Road. Other passions include darts, cricket and horse racing.