England v Tonga Rugby World Cup Betting Tips
England open their Rugby World Cup with a pretty straightforward game against Tonga. Pool C shouldn’t be a problem for England, with only France and Argentina expected to cause them any real issues. Regardless of their opposition, England will be wanting to get started with a win and look for that second World Cup trophy.
England’s Recent Form
How They Prepared For The World Cup
England played 4 matches in the lead up to this year’s Rugby World Cup and overall will be pleased with how the team looked heading into the tournament. They started their preparations with a home match against Wales, running out 33-19 winners in what would be the first of 3 high scoring performances. The only low point in their preparations came in the return fixture in Cardiff as Wales nullified England’s attack in a 13-6 loss. Facing the world’s highest ranking rugby union side in Ireland next, England massively improved by putting 57 points past a notoriously tough Irish defence in a 57-15 win. Their preparations ended in the north east, as St James Park was treated to a 37-0 win over Italy. If we’ve learned anything from these friendlies, it’s that England are looking to blow teams out of the water. With players like Owen Farrell and George Ford, Tonga will surely be looking at ways to improve their defence if they stand any chance.
Tonga’s Recent Form
How They Prepared For The World Cup
In short, Tonga’s pre World Cup matches didn’t go to plan. The world cup will actually be their second tournament of the year, after taking part in the Pacific Nations Cup this summer. Heavy losses from Samoa and Japan were followed up with a high scoring 33-23 win over Canada. Fiji were up next and again, Tonga struggled and ended up with a 29-19 loss. Their most disappointing performance came against New Zealand in their final fixture. We have to appreciate that New Zealand are consistently amongst the top teams in the world, but a 92-7 loss can’t be overlooked regardless of opposition. Their fixtures show that Tonga are here for the taking for England and a quick start could put Tonga immediately on the back foot.
Where’s The Value Bet?
In 9 games so far this year, the England national side have scored 317 points and as we have already mentioned, they are clearly a very high scoring side. Against a poor Tonga side, they should blow them away but the market we have decided to take a look at depends on which half they score their points. In their 9 games, England have scored 19 goals on average in the first half, with just 16 in the second half. Assuming that England want to open their World Cup with a bang, they will come out of the blocks firing. With Bet UK offering more points to be scored in the first half at 6/5, it looks good value.
How To Watch England v Tonga
England v Tonga will be shown live on ITV from 11:15am on Sunday 22nd September.
Bet UK’s Headline Betting Tip
We’ve got to go for Bet UK’s handicap here as we fully expect an England rout here. A handicap set at -43.5 shows just how dominant England are expected to be and it wouldn’t be a surprise if they match it.
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