England and Australia meet in the first quarter-final game of the Rugby World Cup 2019 at the Oita Stadium on Saturday afternoon (local time).
England come into this game with a 100% record from the group stage, although their last match against France was cancelled as a result of Typhoon Hagibis. The fear is that a lack of a real challenge in their three games to date could prove costly against an Australian team that will battle all the way.
England could probably have done with a stern test against Argentina in what was their last game, but Tomás Lavanini being shown a red card early on effectively ended that game as a contest and England ran out comfortable 39-10 winners.
Australia won three of their four games in Pool D, but went down to a 29-25 loss to Wales in the Tokyo Stadium in what was always likely to be the decisive game in terms of winning the group.
England vs Australia Betting Lines & Prediction
In terms of our Rugby World Cup quarter final predictions, although Australia might not be the force they once were in Rugby Union, they still have some quality players and are capable of raising their game on the big occasions.
Any game against England in any sport tends to bring out the best in the Aussies. The Wallabies haven’t impressed as yet, but they surpassed expectations in reaching the final four years ago and shouldn’t be ruled out here.
England are quite warm favourites in the Match Result betting at -275 (1.36) with Betway Sports, with the draw at +2500 (26.0) at bet365 and the best betting line on Australia at +270 (3.70) with 888Sport.
The tip here though is on the Handicap market, where Australia +8 can be backed at odds of +100 (2.00) with Betway.
Rugby World Cup Prediction: Handicap – Australia +8 @ +100 (2.00) with Betway