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Six Nations betting tips: France and Ireland in title contention

| 18.03.2022

Preview and Six Nations betting tips for Round 5

The 2022 championship reaches its climax on Saturday with France and Ireland in title contention as we highlight some Six Nations betting tips for all three matches.

France, who face England in Paris, know that victory will give them a first Six Nations title and Grand Slam since 2010, while Ireland must beat Scotland – then hope England topple Les Bleus – to deny them silverware.

France start the weekend as obvious 1/4 favourites in the Six Nations winner odds while Ireland are 11/4 to snatch the title on the last day.

Wales v Italy (Sat, 2.15pm, BBC/S4C)

Dan Biggar wins his 100th cap for Wales and captains a team showing seven changes following the 13-9 defeat against France.

A bonus-point victory over the Azzurri in Cardiff could see them claim a third-place finish, depending on how England and Scotland fare in their final games.

Wales won 42-0 when Italy last visited the Welsh capital and their opponents have lost 36 successive Six Nations Tests since toppling Scotland at Murrayfield in February 2015, with nearly half of those losses being by 30 points or more.

The home side are 10/11 to overcome a 28-point deficit on the handicap while victory between 41 and 50 points is priced at 9/2, with Italy 18/1 to end their barren run.

Ireland v Scotland (Sat, 4.45pm, ITV)

Ireland are second in action and 1/10 for a fourth win of this season’s competition which would put them top of the pile more than an hour before Les Bleus kick off.

Defeat to the Scots, though – and no more than one losing bonus point – would mean France being crowned champions before running out in Paris. Given that Ireland have won 10 of their last 11 games against Scotland and are unbeaten at home in the fixture since 2010, a Scottish success at 11/2 seems unlikely.

Ireland are receiving 16 points on the handicap and were 32-15 winners against England at Twickenham last weekend when their flashes of attack left the home side chasing shadows and exposed the chasm between the rivals in this department.

Johnny Sexton, Ireland

Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend has dropped talisman Finn Russell to the bench, with Edinburgh’s Blair Kinghorn taking the place of the highly-regarded Racing 92 stand-off, whose performances in this year’s tournament have been the subject of scrutiny from some critics.

The Scots have only pride to play for and Ireland can be backed at 5/2 to win by 11-20 points or 3/1 to triumph by 21-30.

France v England (Sat, 8pm, ITV)

It has been a long time between drinks for France as they chase Six Nations silverware and a clean sweep 12 years after they were last crowned kings of Europe.

On that occasion, England were their opponents at Stade de France, with Les Bleus claiming a nervy 12-10 victory.

France have toppled England on seven of the previous 11 Six Nations encounters in Paris, but pressure will be ramped up as they target title glory 18 months before hosting the World Cup.

Home advantage and an 81,000 capacity crowd suggests everything is in France’s favour, though, and they are 1/3 for victory while England are 9/4 to spoil the party.

The visitors get eight points on the handicap which could appeal for Six Nations betting tips as they look to make the most of any French nerves, while the hosts are 5/1 to again win by no more than five points having beaten Wales 13-9 last week.

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Andrew McDermott

Andrew is a sports betting content journalist at PA Media. He is a lifelong Huddersfield Town fan but when he isn't reminiscing about their Premier League days he is also a junior cricket coach and enjoys cycling.