Watch Out for England’s Debutants Against Georgia

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The new Autumn Nations Cup tournament begins on Friday but who will end up lifting the trophy?

England head coach Eddie Jones

Ireland and Wales kick things off on Friday before Italy entertain Scotland and England face Georgia at Twickenham on Saturday, while Sunday’s solitary fixture has France taking on Fiji.

Wales Can Make Ireland Work

Ireland are the heavy favourites to win the curtain-raiser at 1/4 but Wales should not be discounted.

This is a key fixture for both sides after being drawn in Group A with 1/1 tournament favourites England and the Welsh will be desperate to get a result in Dublin.

Wayne Pivac’s men tend to play better when under pressure and although they may not be able to claim a win, they should be able to keep this game competitive.

A Wales win with a +9.5 handicap is on offer at 25/29 and that looks to be the standout bet in the opener.

Expect a Strong Start From the Scots

Scotland head to Italy in the early game on Saturday in what could well be a one-sided affair.

The Scots beat Italy 17-0 in the Six Nations earlier this year and have won the last eight meetings between the two sides.

Italy have lost their last six heading into the Autumn Nations Cup, while Scotland are in real form having managed four straight wins – including successes over Wales and France.

The visitors will be keen to make an early impression and can beat a -4.5 points first-half handicap at 50/57.

Much Changed England Too Hot for Minnows Georgia

England coach Eddie Jones will field an experimental side against Georgia on Saturday, but they should have far too much quality for the visitors regardless.

Jones has confirmed Worcester’s Ollie Lawrence will make his first start at centre after making a substitute appearance in the Six Nations win over Italy, with Jonathan Joseph, who started in the centre against the Italians, switching to the wing.

Wasps flanker Jack Willis is the other standout inclusion, as Jones uses this game as a chance to assess the duo’s Test prospects, and their involvement makes this clash an intriguing one.

However, anything other than a convincing England win would be a monumental shock and that is reflected in the odds, with the hosts 1/1000 to win or 50/59 with a -39.5 points handicap.

With that in mind, it may be worth considering other bets to get some real value out of this fixture and the first tryscorer market has some interesting options.

Debutant Willis stands out at 12/1, or 5/6 to score a try at anytime, after a stellar season in the Premiership with Wasps, which saw him claim the RPA and Premiership Player of the Year awards.

Willis will be looking to make an impression as he bids to convince Jones he is worthy of a regular place and he could well be the first man to get on the score sheet on Saturday.

*All odds correct at time of writing.

Chris is broadcast and written journalist with a wealth of experience, across a number of different sports. As well covering football on the radio, he is a regular online and print contributor on the likes of rugby union, American Football and Formula One.

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