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Ireland vs England 19/08/2023 betting tips

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Ireland vs England tips: Steve Borthwick’s men set sights on World Cup warm-up upset

England will be looking to defy the odds in their latest World Cup warm-up outing when they take on the number one team in the world, Ireland.

Date, KO time and TV coverage

World Cup warm-up, Sunday 19 August, Kick-off 17.30, live on Amazon Prime

Predicted score

  • Ireland 24-19 England

Rugby betting tips

  • Ireland to win 
  • England -17 handicap
  • Ireland to score the first try

*Prices subject to fluctuation.

Ireland vs England 19/08/2023 – betting preview

It’s fair to say that England have performed below expectations in recent years, though a strong display against Ireland would certainly go a long way in restoring confidence on the eve of this autumn’s World Cup. 

England finished fourth in their last Six Nations campaign after recording just two victories against Italy and Wales. 

Steve Borthwick and his men quickly turned their attention to World Cup warm-up games, though their first encounter with Wales ended in a hugely disappointing 20-9 defeat. 

While England restored some pride a week later with a 19-17 victory, it’s clear that the 2020 Six Nations winners are still some distance away from hitting their peak. 

Ireland, on the other hand, are as strong as ever. Last March, Andy Farrell helped his nation to their third Grand Slam, finishing the job with a comfortable win over England in Dublin. 

The Irish fielded an experimental team against Italy earlier this month, though that didn’t stop them from thumping their opponents 33-7. 

Ireland are expected to field a far stronger team for the warm-up clash against England, however one man who is expected to miss out is Jack Conan. 

England, meanwhile, will be able to count on Owen Farrell after his red card was controversially overturned on Tuesday. 

Owen, who is the son of Ireland coach Andy, has been subject to criticism for his form. Nevertheless, England’s second highest points scorer offers plenty of quality and experience to a Red Rose side in desperate need of momentum. 

Speaking of momentum, Ireland have won their last three outings against England and are unbeaten against them since 2020. 

The bookmakers are backing the hosts to turn up the heat in Dublin and continue their impressive run. 

Considering their current form, it’s hard to go against the Irish. However, we’re backing England to mount a credible challenge and keep the score close. 

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