England began their 2019 Rugby World Cup campaign with a 35-3 win over Tonga on Sunday.
There were plus points at the weekend, but there is still plenty to work on if Eddie Jones’ side want to make it to the latter stages, and potentially secure a second World Cup success.
Tomorrow they face the USA, and our rugby union betting expert preview the encounter and gives you his best bets for the match.
England heavy favourites
Despite the victory against Tonga, Eddie Jones will be wanting a far more polished performance against USA, who are ranked 13th in the table, two places above Tonga.
Jones has made 10 changes from the Tonga victory, with only Joe Marler, Tom Curry, Billy Vunipola, George Ford and Elliot Daly remaining. If you believe in fate, the last time England made 10 changes in a World Cup game was back in 2003, and I think we all know what the Red Rose went on to achieve on that occasion.
The USA have it all to do
The game of rugby union is on the up, and eight of their squad now ply their trade in the English Premiership, showing they are more than capable on their day.
Despite that, England should be able to improve on their Tonga showing and put in a dominant, heavy point-scoring show against the Americans.
You would not hear Jones say that mind and while he will want to put in a strong performance, ultimately at this stage of the competition it is all about ensuring you make the knockout stages, and avoid a shock group-stage exit, as they did in their home World Cup in 2015.
England will be looking to prove a point to those that question their ability to go deep in Japan, and I firmly believe they could win this by a margin of 41-50 points, which can be backed at 4/1 with Grosvenorsport.com.