The Rugby World Cup has started and we’ve seen most teams in action, with several capable of lifting the William Webb-Ellis trophy in a few weeks’ time.
Naturally, the tournament is a betting bonanza and New Zealand are the 6/5 favourites with Paddy Power, with the reigning champions coming through a tricky opener against a spirited Argentina team.
Backing the Kiwis now would seem like a sensible option, with the All Blacks likely to go odds-on as they work their way through some easy group matches. Choosing a bookie with a cash-out facility looks an easy way to make some cash.
Then we have the match betting and Wednesday’s game between Scotland and Japan catches the eye. The Japanese pulled off an amazing win against South Africa and they are 6/1 with Coral to do the same against the Scots.
While this is unlikely, getting with Japan at +16 on the handicap market looks like a sensible ploy, with confidence likely to be high after such a fine performance against the Springboks.
Meanwhile, England face a Wales team who have been blighted by injury and that includes the absence of Leigh Halfpenny. Stuart Lancaster’s team are no bigger than 3/10 to win the game although the Red Rose look capable of covering the -8 points handicap at Twickenham.
Finally, we’re keen on the overall chances of Ireland and the 13/2 about them meeting New Zealand in the final should provide plenty of interest during a tournament which lasts for several weeks.