The months and years of waiting are almost over as the 2011 Rugby World Cup approaches. Those of you who read this website regularly will be aware of our failure to predict England’s fairly comfortable win over Ireland at the weekend – a result that underlines the side’s ability to beat anyone on their day while at the same time it just highlights their frustrating inconsistency.
England’s opening group game is against Argentina and takes place on the 10th of September. This is a game that they should win against weaker opposition but will that inconsistency have a say and will it affect the betting in any way?
Currently, betting on England to win the match will return a best price of 2/9 with a number of bookmakers including Bet Fred and Boyle Sports while a gamble on the men from South America is available at 4/1 with Bet 365, Sporting Bet and Paddy Power. It’s always worth mentioning the draw and if you think the scores will be level after 80 minutes, a bet in this respect could earn you as much as 28/1 with Bet 365.
Overall, England should win this opening match comfortably and while Argentina aren’t a pushover in the way that other ‘minnows’ will be, surprises in rugby are rare and Martin Johnsons men should comfortably progress.
At the time of writing, first try scorer bets haven’t been widely published but when they are, be certain to look out for Manu Tuilagi who has marked his first two games in England colours with two memorable tries.