England v Scotland: Hosts to finish with a flourish at Twickenham

England centre Manu Tuilagi
Manu Tuilagi helped England ease past Italy
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England will be hoping for help from Ireland in their Six Nations title challenge and Simon Mail previews their final game against Scotland...

"The handicap mark is set at 18 points and England look worth backing to cover this in another convincing win. England have won both home matches this season by at least 36 points and scored 13 tries during these games."

England v Scotland
Saturday, 17:00
Live on ITV

England still holding title hopes

England kept their Six Nations title hopes alive with a comprehensive 57-14 win over Italy at Twickenham last weekend. Eddie Jones' side need to win their final game against Scotland and hope for a favour from Ireland in Cardiff. Wales remain in control of the championship but England will know, by the time of kick-off, whether they can clinch top spot.

A powerful performance from England destroyed Italy with Joe Cokanasiga winning plaudits for his display on the wing. He did not score but his line breaks and handling ability stood out alongside two tries from Manu Tuilagi. England scored eight tries in the rout as they wrapped up their third bonus point from four matches.

Jones has surprisingly decided to leave Cokanasiga out of the squad for this match with Jack Nowell replacing the 21-year-old on the wing. Henry Slade comes in at centre for Ben Te'o while Mark Wilson is preferred to Brad Shields and Ben Moon starts ahead of Ellis Genge. Ben Youngs will become England's most capped scrum-half as he makes his 85th appearance.

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Scotland frustrated after inconsistent campaign

Scotland will be disappointed with their campaign after failing to push on from last season. Gregor Townsend has certainly been restricted by a spate of injuries including the loss of full-back Stuart Hogg. But there is no doubt Scotland appear to have stalled in their development after losing three of their four matches.

Their attack has misfired and Scotland have shown an inability to translate possession and territory into points. Ireland and most recently Wales were under pressure at Murrayfield but both came away with victories as Warren Gatland's side won 18-11 last weekend. Scotland have scored eight tries which is less than winless Italy this season.

Townsend makes six changes for the final match, with powerful flanker Hamish Watson replacing the injured Jamie Ritchie after impressing off the bench against Wales. Lock Ben Toolis comes in for Jonny Gray. Sean Maitland and Byron McGuigan replace injured pair Blair Kinghorn and Tommy Seymour in the back three.

Hosts can ease past rivals

England slipped up last season, losing 25-13 in Scotland, but this was a rare defeat with the team winning the previous eight clashes between the teams. Scotland have a miserable record at Twickenham where they have not won since 1983. It is hard to see this run ending and England should run out winners with something to spare.

The handicap mark is set at 18 points and England look worth backing to cover this in another convincing win. England have won both home matches this season by at least 36 points and scored 13 tries during these games. Scotland were hammered 61-21 on their last visit two years ago and it could be another tough afternoon for them.

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