Six Nations: Wales and France primed for Grand Slam showdown
We’re at the mid-way stage in this year’s Six Nations championship and there are still two nations in contention for a Grand Slam. Wales and France both boast a perfect record so far and are on course for a winner-takes-all showdown in Paris on March 20th. Here at freebet.com we run the rule over the two leading nations, assess the obstacles that stand between them and a Grand Slam, and provide the latest outright odds, courtesy of William Hill.
What’s up next for Wales?
All six nations will have this coming weekend off but on March 14th the tournament will resume. Wales have won three from three so far, claiming the Triple Crown thanks to wins over Ireland, Scotland, and most recently, England. Up next is a trip to Italy. The Italians have become the competition’s whipping boys and are currently on a 30-game losing streak. Without a Six Nations win since 2015, Italy should not cause Wales too many problems at the Stadio Olimpico.
Wales to win at 1/33 is unlikely to attract too much interest however, the handicap betting is a far more interesting proposition. Giving away a 25-point start, Wales can be backed in the handicap at 10/11. France inflicted a 40-point defeat on the Italians, Ireland won by 38, and England by a modest 23 points.
Don’t write off the French
France are the only other nation still in Grand Slam contention this year, albeit having played one game less. A coronavirus outbreak within the French camp caused the postponement of their meeting with Scotland last weekend. However, a comprehensive 50-10 win over Italy followed by a hard-fought 15-13 win against Ireland in Dublin means that Les Bleus should not be underestimated.
The French face another tricky away fixture next weekend, taking on England at Twickenham. France have not won away to England in the Six Nations since 2007 but were 24-17 winners at the Stade de France in last year’s Six Nations championship. At 21/20, the French are slight underdogs compared to the 4/5 on offer for an England win. The absence of a crowd at Twickenham makes this a fascinating fixture whilst England’s recent ill-discipline could tip the scales in France’s favour.
If France end their 14-year wait for a Six Nations win at Twickenham and defeat a resurgent Scotland side in their rearranged fixture then the competition finale against Wales on March 20th promises to be a Six Nations classic.
With Wales expected to claim a routine win in Italy in a fortnight’s time, their trip to France on the final weekend of the championship promises to be a title decider. Wales are the bookies’ favourites to claim a Grand Slam at 21/10, compared to France’s odds of 3/1. However, it’s quite interesting that No Grand Slam Winner is priced at 5/6. These odds suggest that bookmakers expect France to beat Wales but slip up against either England or Scotland beforehand.
Wales lead the outright betting market and are just 4/5 to win the 2021 Six Nations championship. Incredibly, they were 14/1 at the start of the tournament. France are priced at 6/5 to be crowned tournament winners whilst Scotland still have an outside chance at 11/1.
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