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It is the second week of the Six Nations and champions England are looking to maintain their run of form in Wales.

The match at the Principality Stadium is Eddie Jones’s first trip as England boss and he has made it clear he will not be dragged into any mind games.

“There is a certain story people like to paint when you are playing Wales. We want to paint our own picture. And the picture we paint isn’t going to be the picture that was painted in the past,” said Jones.

The fiery Aussie wants to make sure that England do produce another lacklustre display which almost saw them lose to France at the weekend.

“It felt like we lost against France. This week we will pare things back and be more focused. We need to redeem ourselves.”

Wales, though, come into the game on the back of a confidence boosting second-half display against Italy – which saw them steamroller Connor O’Shea men in the last half-hour in Rome.

O’Shea’s men take on his homeland in the Stadio Olimpico in the opening kick-off and Joe Schmidt’s side will be looking to bounce back to winning ways after their opening defeat to Scotland.

In what looks like potentially being the match of the weekend, Scotland travel to Paris to take on France on Sunday.

The caught up with BoyleSports’ Leon Blanche, who looked at each game.

Italy v Ireland – 2:25 Saturday

MATCH ODDS: Italy 14 Draw 50/1 Ireland 1/50
Ireland are licking their wounds and it would take a miracle for Italy to get anything from this game – Ireland by 30 points is not unreasonable.
This should not be a problem for Ireland ahead of the break which is going to be crucial for someone like Johnny Sexton – who will feel will miss out this weekend, saving himself for France. Ireland’s backs are against the wall but they will be winning in Rome, but the first-half will be tight. If Ireland are going to pull away you are looking at the second-half and we have the spread at 22 for the match but I think that is a lot to give Italy in a head start.

Wales v England – 4:50 Saturday

MATCH ODDS: Wales 13/8 Draw 22/1 England 8/15
This game is another tough looking one for England, and if they play like they did last week – then a loss is likely, but Eddie Jones should get the going. England by six.
Eddie Jones obviously wasn’t happen as a collective unit but how important is that, they needed the victory and that is what they got. Cardiff though has not been one of the most successful to visit and there is bound to be a huge atmosphere. I think it is going to be a close game and not a walk in the park for England, who we are still top price for to win the whole thing at 8/13.

France v Scotland – 3:00 Sunday

MATCH ODDS: France 4/11 Draw 25/1 Scotland 9/4
We tipped up Scotland last week and guess what we think the Highland nation will do it again – we think they could do it by three points in Paris.
This Scottish side has to be going to France with a lot of confidence after beating Ireland and it was no shock – and we are top price on Scotland for this. I think if you do get at this France side then Scotland might find a few gaps. This has the potential to be the a fantastic game.


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