iBet: England begin their autumn internationals
Rugby Autumn Internationals
England V Fiji, Twickenham, kick off 2.30pm
Back the first scoring play to be a penalty at 8/11 with Ladbrokes
England’s Autumn internationals will no doubt kick off with a win against Fiji at Twickenham tomorrow, but even though Wales thumped them 66-0 in October last year and the visitors are in something of an experimental phase, the handicap line is set a little high for my blood at around -32 points for an even money bet. It’s been some four months since Stuart Lancaster’s side returned from South Africa with two losses and a draw, and they could be forgiven for being a little rusty with what could be quite an inexperienced side themselves. Fiji (40-1 with Betfair to win) are noted for their hard hitting, strong running game plan and they often start powerfully before the class of superior sides tells later on. With that in mind it might be worth looking at the market for the first scoring play. I would be surprised if England didn’t take a shot at goal if an early opportunity presented itself. It’s 8/11 with Ladbrokes that the first scoring play in the game will be a penalty (an England try is 6/4). If you are prepared to take the chance that the first scoring play will be an England penalty, you can get 13/8 with Stan James.
Sunderland have had just 12 shots on target in the Premier League this season – 21 fewer than the next worst teams (Reading and Aston Villa). Everton have lost none of their last 15 games with Sunderland and look to powerful and creative for Martin O’Neill’s men. The one to two available about a home win here could be good value.
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