Roll on England

Sky Bet's Jordan Fiddes thinks England can build on last Autumn

By Jordan Fiddes - Twitter: @SkyJordanFiddes.   Last Updated: 01/11/13 2:46pm

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Chris Ashton: Favourite to open the scoring against Australia at Twickenham

Chris Ashton: Favourite to open the scoring against Australia at Twickenham

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The British and Irish Lions series victory Down Under a few months ago has laid the platform for the home nations in this year's Autumn Internationals.

Stuart Lancaster has labelled his team's game against Australia as the start of a "defining year" and the home side are rightly favourites to win the game at Twickenham.

England were defeated 20-14 in this fixture last year - it's 13/2 for Australia to win by 6-10 points this year - but went on to beat New Zealand in the final which Lancaster and his men are still bearing the fruits of - largely from the media though.

Including that defeat in November last year, England have lost four of their last six home games against the Wallabies, so Australia are still a short-priced outsider.

Despite performing well in defeat against the Lions this summer, the visitors to Twickenham this week have struggled elsewhere, winning just twice - both against Argentina - in their last eight games.

Israel Folau: Expects to be more involved with Cooper returning at fly-half

Key replacements

Robbie Deans has been replaced by Ewen McKenzie as head coach of the Wallabies and, after bringing back a few key-men, there is a renewed confidence in their ranks.

One of those returning is Quade Cooper - 6/1 to score a try against England - and his creative flair will cause the English defence problems.

His inclusion means the wide men can expect the ball a bit more than they did when James O'Connor wore the number 10 shirt against the Lions.

Israel Folau and Adam Ashley-Cooper have had their odds trimmed to score this weekend with Cooper's return in mind and don't be surprised to see one of them cross first - both are 11/1 to do so.

The hosts, on the other hand, can express some innovative play of their own with all members of the team under the age of 30.

Ashton leads the way in the try scorer market once again at 15/2 and debutant Joel Tomkins is 4/1 to cross anytime.

The Rugby League convert has crossed four times in 26 starts since crossing codes in 2012.

Fiddes-Cent Tip

England to win by 1-12 points: 29/20 - In eight of their last nine wins against Australia, England have won between one and 12 points.

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