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Last updated: 21 Feb 2024
Ben Darvill 21 Feb 2024
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England's Ben Earl scores a try against Wales (Getty Images)
England's Ben Earl scores a try against Wales (Getty Images)

Scotland vs England Tips


Scotland arrive for their third game of the 2024 Six Nations looking to bounce back from a controversial defeat to France as they were denied what looked like the winning try with the clock in the red by the TMO and match officials. 
  • Scotland vs England Tips
  • Head To Head
  • Scotland Form 
  • England Form 

England made it two wins in a row in the Six Nations as they edged past Wales in a 16-14 win at Twickenham in week two. 

Head To Head


Scotland have made a habit out of beating England of late, with three wins in their last three meetings. In their last 10 matches, the Scottish have won four times, England have five wins and there has been a single draw. 

Scotland Form 


Scotland have let themselves down twice in the Six Nations, with their opening two matches proving they are still below the top sides in the game. 

Against Wales, Scotland were exceptional in the first-half as they flew into a 20-0 lead at half-time. However, they were woeful in the second-half as they held on to win 27-26 despite looking like they would put 40 points or more on Wales in the game. Their inability to kill Wales off in the game almost proved very costly. 

Against France, they were excellent and controlled much of the match. In reality, they deserved to win the game. However, they allowed France to stay in the contest and were punished for it. Of course, they were denied what looked like the winning try with the clock in the red, but most will argue they should not have been in that position chasing the game in the first place. 

Against England, Scotland know they have what it takes to down their opponents for the fourth match in a row. However, can they deal with being the favourites? Underdog status serves the Scottish well, and it will be interesting to see whether they can deal with being the at the head of the betting in this one. 

England Form 


England have not been consistent on the field this year, and yet they are still on for the title in 2024. 

Of course, it is worth noting that England have played arguably the two worst teams in the Six Nations this year in Italy and Wales, but there are no free wins in the competition anymore. Indeed, both Italy and Wales pushed England close. 

The interesting thing will be seeing whether England are currently just playing poorly but beating teams that are worse than them, or if they are building a winning mantra in which they continually keep themselves in the game and edge to victories. 

Midfield will be an interesting selection this week, with the power of Manu Tuilagi and Ollie Lawrence available for selection. A Henry Slade-Lawrence partnership could prove a winning formula if used, with England hoping to power to the win via their centre-partnership. 

Verdict

I am backing England to edge to another tight win as Duhan van der Merwe goes over the line for the Scottish. 

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