Scotland’s former fly-half John Rutherford believes teams need a “lot of luck” to beat England at Twickenham and they may need a miracle if they are to end their dire record at the ground in this year’s Six Nations.
England’s betting odds are 1/16 to beat Scotland and this seems a realistic price based on the form of the pair in the tournament so far.
Three straight wins have enabled England to sit top of the standings, with one hand on the Grand Slam, while Scotland’s three successive defeats have left them in contention with Italy to claim the Wooden Spoon.
Scotland’s hopes of beating England are not helped by the fact that they have not won at Twickenham since 1983 and have secured victories in just four of their 44 matches against England at the ground.
If Scotland are to claim a surprise win at Six Nations betting odds of 7/1, the key could lie in keeping Chris Ashton quiet and ensuring they remain solid in the scrum.
Crumbling scrums were particularly apparent in Scotland’s defeats to France and Wales and will be an area that England will not be shy to exploit if the opportunity arises.
First Team To Score
England are virtually unbackable to beat Scotland because of the shortness of their odds, but 4/7 seems a great price that England are the first team on the scoreboard.
Martin Johnson’s team have scored the first points in all three of their matches so far, while Scotland have made a habit of conceding first in all of their fixtures and on each occasion the opening score has been a try for the opposition.
Therefore, it may also be worth taking the 3/1 that the first scoring play will be an England try, while it is 8/5 that England open the scoring with a penalty.
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