This weekend’s predictions

Date published: September 18 2015

It's that time of the week when we put our heads on the chopping block to bring you Planet Rugby's predictions.

Here we are then. The Rugby World Cup is upon us and with the excitement of the impending action comes a wealth of betting options to pounce on.

With several top teams taking on the minnows, we're expecting plenty of tries this weekend and Paddy Power are our chosen rugby betting website.

Rugby World Cup

England v Fiji

What a game to kick things off at Twickenham as host nation England take on Fiji in what promises to be a hugely entertaining fixture on Friday.

Fiji started out as 28-point underdogs a few weeks ago but have come in to 26 since then, which many are viewing as about right. We're still not convinced though and think Fiji 26 is decent, especially with Paddy Power offering money back as a free bet should your handicap end in a draw.

If you fancy it to be closer than that they England to win by 11-20 points is 10/3 or 22-28 points can be taken at 9/2. There are some great bets.

Ireland v Canada

An Irish romp is expected and to up your odds why not take up the win margins of 31-35, 36-40 or 41-45 at 15/2, 7/1 and 7/1 respectively. On the try-scoring bet, the odds that stand out on the anytime try market are Rob Kearney (13/8), Sean O'Brien and Jonathan Sexton (both 9/5).

South Africa v Japan

Straight away we like the look of Bismarck du Plessis for an anytime try at 13/8 as he is regularly at the back of driving mauls for the Boks. If you would like to back him to score two or more tries then 14/1 will be wonderful reading for those set-piece lovers out there amongst you.

Jesse Kriel to cross two or more times is also good at 13/5 and keeping with the try theme, Tendai Mtawarira is 12/5 while Pat Lambie is 6/5.

France v Italy

Our eye was immediately drawn to the handicap price of plus 17 for Italy at Twickenham on Saturday and we would advise taking that, even with Sergio Parisse out injured. Should you fancy opening that bet up then why not take the France winning margin of 11-20 points, which is 12/5.

While we think it won't be plain sailing for France, there is a bet on les Bleus that should come in and that is 'to win both halves' at 8/15.