New Zealand Vs England First Test 2024 Betting Tips

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New Zealand Vs England First Test 2024 Betting Tips

Saturday's clash in Dunedin between New Zealand and England will be the first of two Tests on consecutive weekends.

The best betting sites for rugby union are taking a great interest in the series between two great rivals.

A mixed Six Nations campaign saw England finish third in the overall standings, with a victory over eventual champions Ireland squeezed in between defeats to Scotland and France.

Steve Borthwick’s English outfit are hoping for a productive summer tour of the southern hemisphere while New Zealand will use the series as preparation for their defence of the Rugby Championship.

On their way over to New Zealand, England beat Japan 52-17, which will have pleased Borthwick, who can expect tougher examinations in their series with the All Blacks.

Scott Robertson took over as New Zealand coach from Ian Foster upon the completion of the World Cup, and Robertson will hope to get the All Blacks back to winning ways against the English.

The sides played out a 25-25 draw at Twickenham in November 2022 after England’s magnificent World Cup semi-final victory against New Zealand in 2019.

The Kiwis had six victories on the bounce over the English before that, including a three-Test success at their expense when England last toured the southern hemisphere nation in 2014.

We've studied the form and stats to bring you two great value bets from Saturday's first Test in Dunedin.

England To Start Fast Before All Blacks Click

England are more than capable of pulling off a positive result in Dunedin Saturday, but they start the game as heavy underdogs on betting apps.

They were in an extremely strong position against South Africa for the majority of their World Cup semi-final duel in October, and led 12-6 at the break. 

However, the Springboks pipped them at the death, thanks to Handre Pollard's late penalty to help South Africa to a 16-15 win.

Therefore, there is every possibility that England could lead at the midway point in Dunedin this weekend. 

England should have momentum going into the game after beating Japan last weekend and the visitors are 3.30 to lead at half-time on rugby betting sites.

The home side may have to be patient before taking control in the second half and record their first win in three attempts against England at 6.0.

Best Best: England/New Zealand HT/FT - 6.0 with 888Sport

Razor Looks For Sharp Display In New Beginning

In their first game under the guidance of Robertson, the All Blacks will more than likely want to lay down a marker and show that they are ready to push forward under a new coaching set-up. 

Having previously played for the club on 86 occasions, Robertson went on to enjoy seven seasons as head coach of Crusaders.

During his time with the Christchurch-based side, the man known affectionately as ‘Razor’ won no fewer than five Super Rugby titles as well as two Super Rugby Aotearoa crowns.

He also accumulated 23 senior international caps with New Zealand from 1998 to 2002, scoring four tries, and big things are expected during his time as All Blacks supremo.

It might take some time to gel everything together, but it is still anticipated that they will establish a safe distance between themselves and England over the course of the action on Saturday. 

Even though there isn’t a huge difference in what is being offered for the various potential winning margins, Bet365 view a 6 to 10 points victory for New Zealand as a 6.0 possibility.

Best Best: New Zealand To Win By 6-10 Points - 6.0 with Ladbrokes

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