England face New Zealand in the first of the Rugby World Cup 2019 semi-finals at the International Stadium Yokohama on Saturday afternoon (local time), in what has to be the most eagerly anticipated game of the tournament.
Both teams come into this game on the back of exceptional performances in the last round in which they comprehensively defeated high-quality opposition.
England were outstanding in their 40-16 win over Australia at the quarter-final stage in Oita last Saturday, with fly-half Owen Farrell kicking eight-from-eight for 20 points and the young back-row combination of Tom Curry and Sam Underhill in excellent form.
New Zealand head into Saturday’s semi-final looking to lift a third successive Webb Ellis Cup and go into the game without having lost a game at the tournament since they went out to France in the last eight 12 years ago.
In their quarter-final the All Blacks brushed aside the challenge of an Ireland team that had beaten them twice in the past three years with a ruthless 46-14 demolition in Tokyo. It was the third occasion that New Zealand have scored seven or more tries in a World Cup knockout match – no other team has scored more than six tries in a match at this stage in the tournament.
England vs New Zealand Betting Lines & Prediction
This is a true heavyweight clash, but history is on the All Blacks side, with them having beaten England on all three occasions the teams have faced each other in the tournament. That run could continue here.
England are certainly contenders to win this game, but most Rugby World Cup 2019 predictions will favour New Zealand. The Match Result betting lines have the All Blacks at -250 (1.40) with 888Sport, with the draw at +2800 (29.0) with Betway Sports and England at odds of +260 (3.60) with bet365.
Our tip is New Zealand -7.0 on the Handicap at +100 (2.00) with bet365.
Rugby World Cup Predictions: Handicap Spread (with Draw) – New Zealand -7.0 @ +100 (2.00) with bet365