Missed international rugby union on your TV screens? So have I. The autumn internationals are finally here and plenty of rugby fans will be looking for top tips ahead of this weekend.
Well, look no further –I’ve found a tasty 5/1 four-fold to get stuck into, starting with a Scotland win against Samoa at Murrayfield. Read below for full coverage of this week’s accumulator...
SCOTLAND vs Samoa
New Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend has selected nine Glasgow Warriors players in the starting XV for this contest and going with familiarity at club level could turn out to be a wise choice. Darryl Marfo has been handed an international debut and the Edinburgh prop will be central to their chances of success in this particular encounter.
On paper, this Scotland side looks strong – with a solid blend of youth and experience. This one won’t be one-sided by any means, especially with it being the first game of the autumn series. Scoring the opener could prove decisive and I fancy Scotland to make a bright start to life under Townsend.
TIP: Scotland to score first and win @ 2/5
England vs ARGENTINA
All eyes will be on Twickenham on Saturday afternoon and plenty of punters will be backing Eddie Jones’ men to send out a statement of intent here. With Maro Itoje and Owen Farrell rested, George Kruis and Henry Slade will be given the chance to impress on the big stage. If nothing else, England should be exciting to watch...
Argentina are improving and England won’t have everything their own way. The Pumas have matured into a solid rugby nation and it would be foolish to rule Daniel Hourcade’s side out completely. I quite like Argentina to keep this one close for the most part and with a bit of luck, the Pumas may make the +19.5 handicap this weekend.
TIP: Argentina at +19.5 on the handicap @ 19/20
Wales vs AUSTRALIA
Backing against Wales on home soil may turn out to be a bad decision but Australia have the talent to put Warren Gatland’s men to the sword. Bernard Foley will be back in the starting line-up this weekend and he could pull the strings in Cardiff, Wales will need to stop Foley in order to stop Australia – it is as simple as that.
Meanwhile, Gatland has gone with a changed Wales outfit – regulars Justin Tipuric and Sam Warburton are both ruled out through injury. Leigh Halfpenny will start at full back, giving Liam Williams the chance to show his quality on the wing. Wales’ injury woes could hinder their chances of glory in this one.
TIP: Australia to win @ 12/25
IRELAND vs South Africa
Arguably the most intriguing contest of the weekend. Joe Schmidt has gone with form over name; and plenty of international head coaches could learn a lot from the Ireland boss. The first weekend of the series is always tough to predict but Ireland will be quietly confident of coming out on top against this hit and miss Springboks side.
South African rugby has been in decline for a few years now and Ireland could profit if the visitors aren’t at the races. Schmidt’s men won their last fixture against South Africa in Dublin and another home triumph looks likely here. At 12/25, Ireland represent solid value for union fans who fancy an Irish victory.
TIP: Ireland to win @ 12/25
*Odds subject to change - correct at time of writing*