The World Cup is nearly upon us, and following the warm up fixtures we are getting a better idea of those teams worth putting your money on. Let’s take a look at some of our favourites:

New Zealand: Best odds 11/8 (Sky Bet)

Clear favourites for a reason. They won the last World Cup and have been in fine form leading up to The World Cup with a big 36-0 over Australia. We won’t be taking a punt on them however, as we don’t like these odds and we can’t remember the last time they weren’t favourite. Unless you’re a Kiwi or have money in the bank there are better bets to be had.

England: 5/1 (SportNation.bet)

Our heart says yes but does our head agree? Well recent showings against Ireland and Wales suggest we are certainly a force to reckoned with and with Eddie Jones having previously in Japan and with the Southern Hemisphere teams he should know his way around. We usually try to avoid betting on our tip but 5/1 seems a solid bet even if the best is yet you come!

South Africa: 5/1 (Betvictor)

A narrow victory over Argentina doesn’t instil confidence and this has been a team in transition since the last world cup. You would not however be basing their chances on a solitary 2018 surprise victory and a top fullback in Leroux as they have just enjoyed a 2019 Rugby Championship Tournament victory.

Ireland: 10/1 (Skybet)

We were getting excited about their chances after winning the grand slam in the 6 Nations, 2018. However, after a relatively poor showing this year, followed by a huge loss to England, we will fade them this time.

Wales: 10/1 (Betfair)

Odds of 10/1 surprised us as this side has won the 2019 6 Nations grand slam and beat England in the last warm up match. They also currently sit atop the world rankings. Eddie Jones goes so far as to say they are the favourites for the competition. We feel this is a stretch too far, but at odd of 10/1 this should be your go to bet, even though I can’t bring myself to bet on Wales. If you are not from England go for it!

Australia: 18/1 (Spreadex)

Our other value and the one we will take as their victory wouldn’t leave such a bitter taste. Recent form hasn’t been up to scratch, but this side has certain pedigree in the competition. We know they could spring an upset, especially if other results go well for them. Attention has been drawn to 36-0 loss to New Zealand, but we take positives from the 47-26 victory in a competitive game the week before. We will take a shot with these odds!

If Australia surprise people as we think they might, Marika Koroiibete is a great tip for top try scorer at 66/1 (Boylesports). He has been told that he is the best winger in Australia by quite some way. Considering most tries will be scored against the minnows in the group stages, a run to the final might not even be neccessary.