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Italy vs England in the Six Nations on February 13, 2022 - Odds & Prediction

Italy vs England in the Six Nations on February 13, 2022 - Odds & Prediction

After a disappointing start to their Six Nations campaign, England travel to Rome this weekend aiming to bounce back from their defeat to Scotland at Murrayfield.

They face an Italian side who have lost their last 33 Six Nations matches, including last Sunday's 37-10 defeat to France in Paris.

However, England coach Eddie Jones is currently a man under pressure, and he'll be looking for his side to step up this weekend against an aggressive Italian side.

And having scored all of England's 17 points against Scotland, another big performance will be expected from fly-half Marcus Smith.

  • Kindly note that all information in this preview, including whether or not the event will take place, is subject to change due to Covid-19.
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England are the only team Italy are yet to beat in the Six Nations, and with Jones’ side arriving in Rome with a depleted squad and on the back of defeat at Murrayfield, this is the best chance that the Azzurri may ever have.

However, it would be a massive shock and England are still as short as 1/100 with some bookmakers to seal the win in Rome.

Italy kept it close against France until the last 20 minutes, and it's likely to be a similar story this weekend.

Playing their first home match of the 2022 Six Nations, the Italians will be aiming to put in a strong showing, and a 23-point start for the hosts at odds 11/10 with bet bet365 looks like a solid play.

Italy form, squad news, opinion

Italy headed to Paris last weekend, looking for their first Six Nations victory since 2015.

They got off to the perfect start against France as Tommaso Menoncello scored a try on his debut to become the youngest Six Nations try scorer in 55 years.

Sadly for Menoncello and Italy, it was then one-way traffic as Les Bleus scored five unopposed tries to secure a 37-10 bonus-point victory.

As ever, though, the Azzurri battled well under new coach Kieran Crowley, and there were signs of promise that they'll look to build on against England this weekend.

Maintaining focus and consistency over the full 80 minutes is Italy's regular downfall, though, and it's a tough ask to see them pulling off a shock result over England.

Expect big performances once more from captain Michele Lamaro and Sebastian Negri in the back row plus Paolo Garbisi at 10, but ultimately Italy are likely to come up short once more.

England form, squad news, opinion

Eddie Jones is under the cosh after England's 20-17 defeat at Murrayfield, particularly after taking off Marcus Smith after 63 minutes.

England then capitulated in the final quarter to surrender a seven-point lead and victory over their old rivals.

Jones stands by his decision to remove Smith, but many in the media feel the clock is ticking on the Australian's tenure as England coach as they head to Rome this weekend.

A strong performance and bonus-point victory may not silence all the doubters, but it must be remembered that this England squad is far from full strength, and they're likely to be without Manu Tuilagi and Courtney Lawes once more.

Joe Launchbury has been called into the squad as cover for the injured Lewis Ludlam, who picked up rib damage against Scotland. The 69-cap international is likely to feature against Italy.


These sides first met at the 1991 Rugby World Cup with England running out 36-6 winners, and the 28 matches since then have also been dominated by the men in white, with Italy failing to register a single victory.

The closest results between the two sides came in the 2008 and 2012 Six Nations, with England winning both matches by just a four-point margin.

Last year's clash at Twickenham saw England win 41-18, with the hosts scoring six tries.

About the Venue

The Stadio Olimpico was initially opened in 1928 and is currently the home of Rome's two football teams, Roma and Lazio.

With a capacity of over 70,000, the Italian rugby side first played there in 2012 following their move from the Stadio Flaminio, also situated in Rome.

Italy now play all of their Six Nations matches at the Olimpico, and it is the second-largest stadium in Italy - only the San Siro Stadium in Milan has a larger capacity.

The current COVID-19 protocols in Italy mean that anyone attending the Italy v England match must be double vaccinated and wear a mask inside the stadium.


Italy will go into this buoyed by a solid showing in parts in Paris, but it would still be a massive upset if they were finally to notch up a victory over England.

For the English, victory is expected, and even a dominant display will do little to silence Jones' critics.

It should be a straightforward victory for England but expect Italy to show up strongly in spells before eventually running out of gas.

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