England vs Argentina: Pumas to provide solid test at Twickenham
Odds: England 2/25, Draw 33/1, Argentina 13/2
Kick Off: 1500, 11/11/2017
TV: Sky Sports
England begin their autumn international series by entertaining Argentina and we’re backing the Pumas to be competitive in the early exchanges at Twickenham.
Eddie Jones has rested Owen Farrell and Maro Itoje for Saturday’s clash and it may take a little time for the hosts to find their rhythm.
The visitors arrive after playing in the southern-hemisphere Rugby Championship and appeal at 17/20 with 9.5 points start in the first half for our England vs Argentina betting predictions.
A Look At England’s Betting Odds
Farrell scored 17 of England’s points in a 27-14 defeat of Argentina 12 months ago and is regarded as a far more reliable goal-kicker than replacement George Ford.
Jones has still named an exciting back line, with a back three of Mike Brown, Anthony Watson and Elliot Daly, but centres Jonathan Joseph and Henry Slade will be tested in an area where the Pumas are strong.
Ben Te’o and Manu Tuilagi may have been better equipped to bolster this department, but they are both currently sidelined.
Itoje’s absence will also affect England’s ability to dominate in the line-outs, while Nathan Hughes is not in the same class as the injured Billy Vunipola at No 8.
The hosts should still have enough in hand to secure a solid success, but we just favour the visitors at 91/100 with 18 points start in the full-match handicap market for our England vs Argentina betting tips.
A Look At Argentina’s Betting Odds
Argentina haven’t managed to maintain the momentum of their semi-final appearance at the 2015 World Cup, when famously beating Ireland 43-20 at the last-eight stage.
However, they were competitive in last year’s November internationals, going down by just four points to Wales and losing by only three to Scotland before England beat them.
This summer, the Pumas were twice edged out by an England outfit lacking their Lions representatives in San Juan and Santa Fe, but conditions will be a lot different at Twickenham than those open contests in hot temperatures.
Drawing a blank from six games against New Zealand, Australia and South Africa is a concern, but that winless run ensures coach Daniel Hourcade must fire up his players on this tour to keep his job.
A fast start is essential at Twickenham, so 7/5 for the Pumas to score the first points takes the eye from the England vs Argentina odds.
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