Bookmakers have seen a significant shift in favor of France against New Zealand in the upcoming Rugby World Cup clash, despite the All Blacks' historical dominance. Concerns over Jordy Barrett's injury status may be driving this change.
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France Vs New Zealand
September 9th 05:15, Stade de France
In the upcoming clash between the All Blacks and France, bookmakers have seen a shift in favor of the French team, who are the tournament favorites at $3.50, despite opening at $1.95. This movement may be influenced by concerns surrounding Jordy Barrett's injury status for the All Blacks. Historically, underestimating the All Blacks in a World Cup has not been a profitable strategy, as they typically excel in pool play without suffering any losses.
While New Zealand experienced a substantial loss to South Africa in a recent warm-up game, it's crucial to note that this was just a preparation match. The All Blacks have displayed their dominance throughout the Rugby Championship and Bledisloe Cup against Australia, which should instill confidence in their camp.
One potential concern is their ability to handle France's defensive pressure, especially against a rush defense. France has had a solid 2023 campaign, though not exceptional. They seemed stronger in 2022, but their focus is on World Cup preparation, ensuring they don't peak too early.
Despite the home advantage that France enjoys, betting on the underdog odds for the Kiwi side at $1.95 is an enticing opportunity. These odds are rarely seen for the All Blacks, and if they manage to defeat France, they likely won't be available again during the tournament, even in the final. The value lies in the odds, and a hard-fought 27-24 victory for the All Blacks is conceivable. While New Zealand bookmakers offer odds at $1.77, Australian bookmakers provide a more favorable price.
Expect a ferocious battle, with New Zealand ML the bet to take on Bet365 @$1.90.
England Vs Argentina
September 10th 05:00, Stade Vélodrome
England faces Argentina in the Rugby World Cup with a mix of hope and trepidation. While some fans believe an opening weekend victory in Marseille might inspire a strong World Cup performance, many are cautiously optimistic. England's recent warm-up defeats to Wales, Ireland, and Fiji have raised concerns. Argentina, known as the World Cup dark horses, brings confidence from a victory over Australia and a narrow loss to defending champions South Africa but suffered a significant defeat against New Zealand.
The match is set for September 9, 2023, at 8 pm BST at the Stade Vélodrome in Marseille, with live coverage on ITV1 starting at 7:15 pm. England will be without captain Owen Farrell and No. 8 Billy Vunipola due to suspensions, and injuries have affected other key players. Argentina appears injury-free, setting the stage for an intriguing and potentially challenging World Cup opener.
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I’ll be taking England ML on Bet365 @$1.90.
South Africa Vs Scotland
September 11th 01:45, Stade Vélodrome
South Africa is set to face Scotland in a Rugby World Cup match, with the former looking to defend their title. South Africa is in strong form, with a recent victory over New Zealand, showcasing their intensity and confidence. Scotland, on the other hand, faces a challenging group that includes Six Nations Grand Slam champions Ireland. Their success may hinge on South Africa's form in this clash. While Scotland has demonstrated character and skill in recent matches, South Africa's current momentum makes them the favourite to secure a significant win and advance to the next round. South Africa's odds of $1.22 for the match winner and a handicap of -13 points at $2.10 are indicative of their strong position.
Take South Africa Line (-11.5) on Bet365 @$1.90.
France, the tournament favourites, face New Zealand, and while bookmakers favour the French, underestimating the All Blacks in a World Cup historically proves unwise. New Zealand's recent warm-up loss to South Africa doesn't diminish their strong track record, and they remain a formidable contender. Betting on the Kiwi side at $1.95 offers value, with a hard-fought 27-24 victory conceivable. Expect an intense battle, making New Zealand ML a bet to consider on Bet365 @$1.90.