England have it all to do to defend their title 

Wales welcome England to the Principality Stadium in Cardiff on Saturday, Febuary 27, looking to clinch the Triple Crown and continue their bid for the Grand Slam of this seasons Six Nations tournament. Meanwhile, reigning champions, England, will have to beat the Welsh if they are to have any chance of defending their title. Despite a poor start to their campaign, Eddie Jones men have been priced as strong favourites at 4/11 with BetVictor to beat Wales, while the hosts are priced at 2/1 to record a first win over England since 2019.    

Can Wales take a step closer to the Grand Slam?

Wales are level on points with France at the top of the Six Nations table after winning their opening two games. They got their competition underway with a 21-16 victory over Ireland, thanks to tries from George North and Louis Rees-Zammit, with Leigh Halfpenny adding extra points from the boot.

Wales then won a thrilling encounter in Edinburgh, coming back from 17-8 down to beat Scotland 25-24, with Rees-Zammit grabbing another two tries for the Welsh. That has seen his odds for being Wales’ top try scorer in the Six Nations slashed to 1/7, with Liam Williams 13/2 and George North 14/1 among the market leaders. If Wales do beat England, they will secure their 22nd Triple Crown and their first once since they landed the Grand Slam back in 2019. 

England’s title defence looks flimsy

England’s defence of their Six Nations crown started with a disastrous performance and defeat to Scotland at Twickenham. Eddie Jones’ experiment to play a second-string side backfired as England failed to score a try against the Scots and went down 11-6 in a game full of handling errors. 

They did bounce back with a comfortable 41-18 defeat of Italy a fortnight ago, with Anthony Watson among the scorers, going over for two tries. Watson has now been priced at 5/6 with BetVictor to finish the tournament as England’s top try scorer, ahead of Jonny May at 13/8, who also scored against Italy.     

Wales v England head-to-head

England have not won in Cardiff since 2017 when they beat their hosts 21-16 in the Six Nations; but they did beat Wales 24-13 in Llanelli in the Autumn Nations Cup in November. In between those two meetings, Wales famously beat England 21-13 on their way to the 2019 Grand Slam.

In the last 10 fixtures between the nations, it has been England who have dominated the fixture, winning on seven occasions, including the last two meetings. However, five of those wins have come at Twickenham and they do generally struggle in Cardiff. The last five results have been: 

  • Wales 13-24 England
  • England 33-30 Wales
  • Wales 13-6 England 
  • England 33-19 Wales
  • Wales 21-13 England 

 

Can Wales or England win the Six Nations?

The result of this game could go a long way to determine who might win the Six Nations as both Wales and England still have to face France. A win for Wales will end England’s hopes, but it’ll mean with Italy up next, the Welsh could meet France on the final weekend of the competition in a title decider. A win for England will see them go above Wales before they then host France at Twickenham and finish their campaign in Dublin against Ireland.