Rugby Union Tip: England vs Italy

Following their defeat against Wales two weeks ago, England take on Italy as they look to get their bid for the Six Nations title back on track. The Azzurri frustrated England for long periods during their last trip to Twickenham, thanks in part to some controversial tactics at the breakdown, however the former World Cup winners have won all 24 of their previous meetings with Italy, showing the task facing the visitors this weekend.

Six Nations – England vs Italy – Twickenham Stadium, London – Saturday 9th March 16:45 UK Time

Italy have lost all three of their Six Nations fixtures in 2019, meaning that England are the firm favourites to extend their winning record over the Azzurri. The visitors performed well on home soil two weeks ago, eventually being narrowly defeated 26-16 by Ireland. England blew a first half lead to eventually lose out 21-13 against rivals Wales, meaning that their chances of winning the Grand Slam are now over.

Eddie Jones’ men had previously recorded a fine win in Dublin against Ireland on the opening weekend of the competition, before putting France to the sword at Twickenham. Winger Jonny May has three tries to his name already, while the likes of Owen Farrell and Henry Slade have also impressed.

England Team News

The hosts are without Mako Vunipola for the remainder of the Six Nations after the prop picked up an injury against Ireland, while Maro Itoje and Jack Nowell are both doubts ahead of the clash with Italy. Both Jonathan Joseph and Chris Robshaw were released from the squad earlier this week, meaning that the likes of Charlie Ewels and Ollie Thornley could make it onto the bench.

Italy Team News

Inspirational figure Sergio Parisse looks set to return to the Italian side for their trip to Twickenham, with the Number 8 having missed his sides defeat to Italy last time around. Fly-half Tommaso Allan will need to be at his best if Italy are to have any chance of getting a result against England.

Our Top Tips

It is difficult to look beyond a home win for England this weekend, due to the fact that Jones’ side will be looking for a major response from their defeat against England, along with Italy being on a 20-match losing streak in the Six Nations. As a result, our top tip for the match is to bet on England winning by a margin of between 21-30 points, which is a market available at odds of 11/4 with bookmaker Ladbrokes.

Tennis Betting Tip: ATP Indian Wells

The first Masters 1000 event of the year gets underway at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden this week, with a host of big names looking to get their hands on the trophy. With reigning champion Juan Martin Del Potro having withdrawn from the tournament due to injury, the likes of Novak Djokovic, Rafa Nadal and Roger Federer are among the favourites for the title, with some of the world’s leading players kick-starting their preparations for what is a very busy time in the tennis calendar.

Having captured yet another Grand Slam title at the Australian Open earlier this year, Djokovic is perhaps unsurprisingly the name on many people’s lips, with the world number one having returned to the very top of his game over recent months. Meanwhile, Federer shows no signs of slowing down, with the 37-year-old having won his 100th ATP Tour title in Dubai last week. Federer was last year’s beaten finalist in Indian Wells, while the Swiss legend also holds the record for the number of tournament wins here, joint with Djokovic.

Elsewhere, there are a host of other big names to look out for this week, including the likes of Nick Kyrgios, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Alexandar Zverev. All are capable of beating anyone on their day, with Kyrgios having beaten the likes of Nadal, Stan Warwinka and John Isner in winning the Mexican Open just last week. So, let’s take a look at how the betting odds for Indian Wells currently look.

ATP Indian Wells: Betting Odds

Novak Djokovic @ 6/4
Roger Federer @5/1
Rafa Nadal @5/1
Alexander Zverev @10/1
Kei Nishikori @20/1
Stefanos Tsitsipas @20/1
Nick Kyrgios @33/1
Milos Raonic @33/1
Marin Cilic @40/1

Indian Wells: Our Top Tips

Whilst betting on the outright winner of a tennis tournament is something of a lottery, with so many top players having the ability to win throughout the week, backing the likes of Djokovic and Nadal to come out on top is potentially worth doing. However, our top tip for Indian Wells this week is to bet on Nick Kyrgios reaching the last four, a market which is available at odds of 11/2 with bookmaker Paddy Power. The Australian talent was victorious in Mexico last week and will certainly enjoy playing on the big stage once more.