England’s unbeaten run faces one of its biggest tests yet when they meet Wales in Round Two of the Six Nations this weekend.
The win over France last time out was anything but glamorous, and Eddie Jones’ side had to scrap. Put simply, they can’t afford for another performance like that against the Welsh.
Based on the history of the fixture, it’s a very close one to call. Wales have won 57 to England’s 60, while there have been 12 draws. The Lions won last time they met in the Six Nations, but the Principality Stadium will present a very different challenge to the Twickenham game of last year.
George Kruis will miss out again for the visitors, so Joe Launchbury should come in his place alongside Courtney Lawes.
SkyBet have England as slight favourites at 1/2, with Wales’ odds at 6/4.
England are at 9/2 to win by 1-5 points, which looks like good value seeing as this is set to be incredibly close. Incidentally, it’s the same odds for Jones’ men to triumph by 6-10 points.
Elsewhere, France meet Scotland and Italy host Ireland.