England will play defending champions New Zealand in the Rugby League World Cup semi-final on Saturday.
Steve McNamara’s side looked impressive in their 34 – 6 victory over France in the quarter-final, but will have to improve dramatically if they are going to stand a chance against New Zealand. The Kiwis outclassed Scotland 40-4 in their quarter-final and ran in eight tries while doing so.
England are 12/5 with 888Sport to come out on top, while New Zealand are priced 4/9 with Spread Ex to go into their second World Cup final in a row. The draw can be backed at 25/1 with Bet365.
The English went behind early to France last week thanks to a Vincent Duport try. If this lack of concentration persists against the Kiwis they will be punished. That’s why backing a New Zealand try to be the first score of the game looks a good bet. It is priced at 5/6 with Coral. An even safer bet would be to back the Kiwis to get the first try of the game at 8/11 with the same bookmakers.
Two tries each from wingers Josh Charnley and Ryan Hall helped England get back into the game build a 22-6 half-time lead against the French. If you think England can repeat this trick and be winning at the break and the final whistle, you can back them at 4/1 with Sky Bet.
England have been accused of playing their best rugby in 20-minute spurts so far at the tournament. This proved true when they scored their four first-half tries in a 19-minute period against the French. If one of these spurts comes in the first-half, then backing them just to win the opening period may pay dividends. Stan James is offering 17/10 for them to do this.
It may not be the wisest bet though, considering New Zealand were leading the Scots 26-0 at half-time of their quarter-final. A much more astute bet might be to back the away side to be leading at both the break and at the end of play. This is priced at 5/6 with Coral. You can also back the southern hemisphere side just to win the opening half. This is priced at 8/13 with Sky Bet.
New Zealand have looked impressive throughout this tournament, while England have already lost one game and have looked fragile in periods against weaker sides. Thus my best bet is for the Kiwis to overcome the 10 point handicap BetFred are offering at a price of evens.
If you think I am underestimating the English, you can back them with a 8 point head-start with the same bookmaker at a price of 4/5.
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