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Ireland vs England Predictions & Tips - England tipped to clinch close match in Ireland

  • Ireland vs England predictions for Saturday’s Six Nations match
  • Match is being played at 16:45 GMT at the Aviva Stadium
  • England have won their last 4 matches against Ireland
  • I am tipping England to win by 12 or less points
  • Preview, predictions, stats & team news
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England backed to get narrow win over Ireland at the Aviva Stadium (Getty Images)
Ralph Staniforth 18 Mar 2021
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Ireland vs England Predictions


This should be an ultra competitive match with both teams underperforming this season. England’s performance against France last week however gives them the edge. My best bet is an England victory at the Aviva Stadium.

  • Ireland and England have seen 11 of their last 12 matches decided by 12 or less points.
  • England have won their last 4 matches against Ireland.
  • England have won 3 of their last 4 matches against Ireland by 12 or less points.
  • England have won 3 of their last 5 matches away against Ireland.

Head to Head


England have won six of their last eight matches against Ireland. When they met in the 2020 Autumn Nations Cup, England won 18-7 at Twickenham.

Ireland Form


Ireland go into their final 2021 Six Nations fixture in second place but with no chance of claiming the title. They have won two and lost two of their four matches.

The Irish began their campaign with two defeats, going down 21-16 in Wales with 14 men and then losing 15-13 to France at home.

Ireland bounced back to thrash Italy 48-10 in Rome before defeating Scotland 27-24 at Murrayfield last weekend. It was an impressive performance by Ireland despite nearly throwing the win away in the final 15 minutes.

Ireland Injuries & Team News


Ireland have made six changes to their side this weekend. Regular wing, Jacob Stockdale and star centre, Bundee Aki make their first appearances of the season after returning from injury.

Gary Ringrose and James Lowe miss out on selection to accommodate Aki and Stockdale. Scrumhalf Conor Murray, prop Davide Kilcoyne and loose forwards, Josh van der Flier and Jack Conan are all recalled.

England Form


England have endured a poor season by their standards. They are fourth on the Six Nations table with two wins from their four matches.

The tone was set on the opening weekend as England lost 11-6 at home to Scotland for the first time since 1983. They were then expected to see off Italy in week two, which they did with a 41-18 victory.

England then went on to lose 40-24 in Wales in what was a highly controversial match. Despite having some poor decisions go against them, England were comprehensively outplayed.

Last week saw England’s best performance in a 23-20 home win over a world class French outfit. It was a very good performance but even that was almost not enough.

England Injuries & Team News


Eddie Jones has made just the one change to England’s starting side. Elliot Daly will start at outside centre in place of the injured Henry Slade.

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Verdict

Matches between Ireland and England are historically very tight. 11 of the last 12 matches have seen the winners win by less than 12 points. I'm backing England to win here and to do so by 12 or less points.

Best Bet: England Win Full Time Result @-138.89 at BetMGM - 4 Units
Value Bet: England Win by 1-12 Winning Margin @145.00 at bet365 Sport NJ - 2 Units

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