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Lancaster's men 6/1 to upset All Blacks

Last Updated: 30/11/12 12:46pm

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Stuart Lancaster: Will be looking to the heavens for help against the All Blacks

Stuart Lancaster: Will be looking to the heavens for help against the All Blacks

Life has been tough for England coach Stuart Lancaster and his charges and it's about to get a whole lot tougher.

World champions New Zealand land at Twickenham on the back of an awesome 20-match winning run and even the most patriotic England punter must be baulking at odds of 6/1 for a home win.

It's safer to hope for a further steady improvement from Lancaster's men and a win on the handicap for England (+16) with Sky Bet's odds of 10/11.

England will look to score on every possible occasion so 'First Scoring Play' to be a home penalty at 2/1 looks enticing.

There is no value in the 1/12 outright price for New Zealand but alternative handicaps could see some good returns. They are 15/8 to win by more than 22 points as, once on a roll, the All Blacks juggernaut is hard to stop.

On the try-scoring front Saracens' flyer Chris Ashton will be as popular as ever and looks a decent bet at 10/1, but if you're feeling a little bit more adventurous, why not try All Black Conrad Smith to score first at 14/1.

The outside centre has scored 23 tries for New Zealand and, with Dan Carter back in the side, he is likely to have the chance to run at the defence a lot more.

If those odds fail to appeal then go each way, whereby if he scores the second or third try, you'll still get a good return.

Saturday's other Autumn International sees Wales take on Australia in the Millennium Stadium, with the home side desperate for a win (11/8) to salvage their campaign having lost to Argentina, Samoa and New Zealand.

Few are backing Warren Gatland's men to stop the rot, though, with Australia 4/7 on to ensure a Welsh whitewash, but there's better value to be found elsewhere.

The Wallabies to open the scoring with a penalty kick at 13/8 should not be overlooked, while the visitors to win by an 11-15 margin is a tempting 7/1 price.

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