Wembley and Twickenham take centre stage this weekend with England in international action in both football and rugby. But can we enjoy a rare double success?
England v Slovenia, Wembley, 5pm
Recommended bet – England clean sheet @ 20/23 with Boylesports
Slovenia are the round ball opponents for Roy Hodgson’s men and unsurprisingly England are heavy favourites to defeat the Eastern Europeans. The best price you’ll get on another three points for Wayne Rooney and co, just 4/11 through Betfair.
The better value looks to be in the clean sheet market where Joe Hart is 20/23 with Boylesports to keep another clean sheet. Should he do so, that would be six matches without conceding a goal, stretching all the way back to the defeat to Uruguay at the 2014 World Cup when Luis Suarez let his feet do the talking.
Slovenia come into the match having won their last two, but prior to that they had lost five out of six and scored just once in that time. If England are to achieve anything at the 2016 European Championships, then this is exactly the type of game they should be winning comfortably.
England v South Africa, Twickenham, 2.30pm
Recommended bet – A sin-binning in the match @ 1/2 with Paddy Power
Switching to the oval ball and Stuart Lancaster’s England side will be looking to bounce back from last weekend’s defeat to New Zealand, when South Africa come to town.
The Springboks were also beaten last time out, in Dublin against the Irish, and so they too will be keen to get back to winning ways. As always when these two sides meet, you can expect a fiery encounter and the 1/2 on offer with Paddy Power on a sin-binning at any point in the match looks like easy money.
At odds on across the board, England are the bookmaker’s favourites for victory but I’d be wary of backing Lancaster’s men at those odds especially against a South African side with a point to prove. Instead, why not look at potential try-scorers and inform Jonny May. The Gloucester winger scorched New Zealand last weekend when opening the scoring and if he gets a sight of the try line again on Saturday he’s a good bet to go over again, 9/4 anytime with Bet365.
If you are keen to back England for a rugby success, do so in the double with the football team also to triumph to ensure you get greater value with minimal risk. Both teams to be toasting victories come Saturday night is 12/5 with Boylesports.