Former England scrum-half Kyran Bracken says he “wouldn’t want to be an Italian supporter” ahead of the Azzurri’s trip to Twickenham this weekend.
The 2003 World Cup winner is backing England to put at least 40 points past the visitors, suggesting Stuart Lancaster’s grand slam hopefuls should easily cover the 26 point handicap at 10/11 (1.91).
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Bracken’s confidence in England’s chances is reflected by the odds, with England at 1/100 (1.01) to beat Italy on Sunday and as short as 13/100 (1.13) to win by at least 13 points.
England are leading the 2013 Six Nations Championship going into the fourth round of fixtures having won all of their games, while Italy have lost their last two after a surprise opening-weekend victory over France.
“I’m predicting quite a big score – 45 points, maybe even 50 points,” Bracken commented.
“You’ve got a Lions tour at the end of the year – everyone’s going to want to play well. Also, the bench who are going to come on are going to make a big difference and after half time they’re just going to run away with it.”
Italy are at 28/1 (29.00) to record a shock victory with the draw at 40/1 (41.00)