Tight match expected as England meet South Africa in Bloemfontein

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England will be bidding to end a run of five straight defeats when they take on South Africa in the Second Test in Bloemfontein on Saturday.

Eddie Jones’ men threw away a 21-point lead in a scintillating contest last weekend which eventually ended 42-39 to the hosts.

The Red and Whites are 13/10 to wreak revenge against the Springboks. You can back South Africa to secure a 13th win in 16 head-to-heads at 8/13, while a second draw in six matches between the pair is 25/1.

Scoring hasn’t been a problem for the Lions. They’ve registered 84 points in their last two matches.

But a record of 105 points against their name is a big problem and something that will need to be addressed if they’re to taste victory on Saturday.

With that in mind, it’s 10/11 for there to be Over 58.5 points in the match.

One thing we are fairly sure of is that it’ll be tight. Four of the last five meetings between the two nations have been decided by three points or fewer.

South Africa are 6/1 to Win by 1-5 Points against 13/2 for England by the same margin.

The visitors will be looking towards Jonny May to fire them to victory. The Leicester Tigers winger rounded out the scoring at Ellis Park and is 9/1 to pick up where he left off by scoring the First Try here.

Elliot Daly should also be a threat. The Wasps star has gone over the try line three times in his last two matches. You can back him at 2/1 Anytime in Bloemfontein.

South Africa ran riot last week with Faf de Klerk, Willie Le Roux, Aphiwe Dyanti and Sbusiso Nkosi all registering tries.

The latter of the trio went over twice and is 5/4 to do so at least once again Anytime.

De Klerk, though, could prove to be the real thorn in England’s side. The Sale Sharks scrum-half hustled, bustled and harried the visitors without rest last time out.

He’s crucial to the South African play and is 5/2 for another Try this afternoon.

Click here for the latest South Africa v England odds.

All Odds and Markets correct as of date of publication

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Nick Murphy

Nick is a graduate of the UEA where he doubled up as the sports editor of the student newspaper. He supports Dagenham & Redbridge and previously edited the matchday programme at Victoria Road. Darts and Horse Racing are among his other favourite sports.