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England v Argentina betting

November 7th, 2013

After a thrilling victory over Australia last weekend in their opening match of the Autumn International series, England now face a different challenge in the shape of Argentina at Twickenham on Saturday afternoon. The match is live on Sky Sports 2 from 2.30pm.

The Pumas are not in the same class as Australia and their recent results in the southern hemisphere's Rugby Championship prove as much, but they must not be taken lightly as they showed when they won convincingly in Wales this time last year.

They are on a long losing streak, however, and it will be a year on Sunday since that success at the Millennium Stadium, which was the last time they tasted victory. Their run of 9 successive defeats since then includes a 32-3 home defeat to a shadow England side in June, when Stuart Lancaster's squad was missing its British and Irish Lions contingent.

England are hot favourites with the bookmakers to follow up with another win, with Ladbrokes offering the biggest price of 1/7 - BetVictor quote the shortest price of just 1/11. Argentina can be backed at 8/1 to cause an upset with Stan James, while the draw is 33/1 with Bet365.

It's four years since England last faced Argentina in a home Test, and on that occasion the hosts won by a margin of just seven points as they edged a tight encounter 16-9. Three years earlier England had been shocked by the Pumas as they suffered their only home defeat to the South Americans, going down 25-18. The five other meetings at Twickenham have ended in home wins.

The Argentinians are renowned for their strength in the scrum and this will be a real test for England's forwards, but they come into this match having won eight of their last nine games, with the only blemish on their record being the 30-3 mauling in Wales which cost them the RBS 6 Nations title in March. England have won their last five home Tests, a run which began with a convincing win over world champions New Zealand a year ago.

Lancaster has made four changes to his starting line-up from last week's 20-13 win over Australia, with the injured duo Marland Yarde and Mako Vunipola replaced by Ben Foden and Joe Marler. There are also starts for Dylan Hartley and David Wilson, who takes over from Leicester prop Dan Cole.

Argentina have suffered some heavy defeats over the last 12 months, with seven of their nine losing margins being higher than the handicap line set by some firms for this match. With England making such a solid start to their Autumn campaign, they can be backed with some confidence to cover the 13 point handicap on offer from Ladbrokes, which comes with a better than usual price of even money (other firms are offering 10/11 on England with a bigger handicap).

England (-13) Handicap evens

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