Scotland captain Mike Blair believes the 2009 RBS Six Nations fixtures give Frank Hadden's side the perfect opportuntity to regain the Calcutta Cup for the first time since 1984.
The Scots kick-off their campaign at Murrayfield against holders Wales before facing a tough trip to France - followed by successive home fixtures against Italy and Ireland.
The Scotland No.9 believes playing three out of the four opening fixtures at home will set his side up for a crack at regaining the Calcutta Cup at Twickenham in the last match of the campaign.
Blair said: "It's always good to begin the championship at home as it gives you the better chance of starting with a win and then looking to build momentum.
"We do then face a tight six-day turnaround to face France in Paris so the balance between training and rest will be important that week.
"Following that, we have successive home games at Murrayfield against Italy and Ireland.
"I believe that could stand us in good stead for our final game of the championship as we seek to retain the Calcutta Cup against England at Twickenham."