March 19, 2010
-- As we approach the final round of Six Nations matches it looks as if most questions have been answered, but spread bettors need not fear as there will be plenty of chances to make a profit this weekend. Those that bought France’s outright index (60pts to the winner, 40pts for second, 20pts for third, 10pts for fourth and 5pts for fifth) will be sitting comfortably as Les Bleus are all but mathematically guaranteed the title. The narrowest of hopes remain of an improved profit for buyers of Ireland’s outright index spread, but the Boys in Green must win big against the Scots and hope England do the same to the French in Paris to make up a hefty points difference.
Buyers of France’s win index against England will be pleased that they’ve already announced the same squad that blew the Italians away last weekend. To the delight of those spread bettors that bought total points France pummeled the Italians, only for the Azzurri to rally with a couple of consolation tries for a final total of 66 points contributing to the spread.
Three of the last five matches between England and France on French soil have gone the way of Les Bleus. Before last year’s defeat, the French won the previous three meetings in Paris against England. Buyers of England’s win index spread will counter that the Red Rose have won their previous three games against the French, even though two victories were at Twickenham.
England have faced the French a total of 46 times in France, with home country just shading the head-to-head record which should offer encouragement to buyers of their spreads. The French have won 23 times and the English 21, with two draws. Those looking to take on Marc Lievremont’s side can draw comfort in that the English do lead the all-time record against France with 50 wins from a total of 92 meetings. The average points total for the last five matches between these sides in France is just 36, while the average winning margin is 10 points. In this year’s competition the French have scored 123 points and have conceded 59, compared to England’s 78 points for and 64 against. Buyers of France’s spread supremacy and sellers of points will take pleasure in reading these tournament stats.
Spread sellers will have taken note that England’s largest victory against France came way back in 1911 after the Red Rose triumphed 37 points to nil. Total points buyers will also be interested to know that the highest scoring game in this fixture was England’s 48-19 win much more recently, at Twickenham, in 2001. Total try spread buyers and sellers should note that there have been 81 tries scored in games in France between the Red Rose and Les Bleus. Sellers however will be hoping for a repeat of the match in 2000 where not a single player crossed the try line.
Jonny Wilkinson has accumulated the most points in England games against France, which will please any punters keen for a spread bet on player performance markets. The fly-half has bagged 153 points in eleven matches against Les Bleus.http://www.sportingindex.com