England v USA: Eddie Jones' much-changed team to ease to second win

England defeated Tonga
England defeated Tonga in their first World Cup gameE

England clinched a bonus-point win in their opener and Simon Mail expects Eddie Jones' side to have few problems despite the short turnaround against USA...

"A better bet could be to back England to win with under 57.5 points during the match. England's defence has looked extremely tight in recent games with only three points conceded in their last two matches."

England v USA
Thursday, 11:45
Live on ITV

England fail to find top gear in opener

England are up and running at the World Cup although Eddie Jones' side failed to get close to top gear in their 35-3 victory against Tonga on Sunday. Manu Tuilagi impressed with the powerful centre scoring twice but there were too many handling errors and misplaced passes for comfort. Luke Cowan-Dickie's late try secured the bonus point win but there is no doubt England will need to improve significantly on this opener.

With just a four-day turnaround, it is no surprise Jones has opted to make significant changes with only five players starting both matches. Wingers Ruaridh McConnochie and Joe Cokanasiga make their World Cup debuts while George Ford captains the team with Owen Farrell starting on the bench. Billy Vunipola keeps his spot at number eight with Jones believing he needs more game time.

The England head coach was visibly frustrated at times during their win against Tonga and has called on them to make a fast start against the United States in Kobe. England have been able to ease their way into the tournament, with more challenging tests awaiting them against France and Argentina, but Jones will still be expecting his attack to fire after a spluttering start.

USA eye huge upset

The United States launch their World Cup campaign and there is no shortage of English-based players in Gary Gold's team. Sale fly-half AJ MacGinty will lead their backline with Bedford's Will Hooley at full-back. USA defeated Canada 20-15 in their last warm-up game earlier this month and Japan are the only team to beat them in the last five matches.

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England have won all five previous games against USA with the most recent one resulting in a 28-10 victory in the 2007 World Cup. The handicap mark for this match is set at 34 points and it is hard to gauge whether England will overcome this. If they come out with a purpose and tempo it is very achievable but USA come in fresh and could prove stubborn opponents.

A better bet could be to back England to win with under 58 points during the match. England's defence has looked extremely tight in recent games with only three points conceded in their last two matches. USA will struggle to create scoring opportunities but the underdogs have not conceded more than 34 points in their last eight contests so could restrict England to a degree.

Italy v Canada
Thursday, 08:45
Live on ITV 4

Italy targeting back-to-back wins

Italy started the World Cup with a 47-22 victory against Namibia although coach Conor O'Shea was not overly impressed with his team's performance, despite scoring seven tries in Osaka. Having played on Sunday, O'Shea has made extensive alterations with ten changes for their second game against Canada. Second row Dean Budd captains the side in Sergio Parisse's absence.

Canada have had to wait for almost a week to get their World Cup campaign started and they will be hoping their freshness can trouble Italy in Fukuoka. Canada come into the tournament off the back of five successive defeats and Kingsley Jones' side have been placed in a daunting group featuring defending champions New Zealand.

Italy are 20-point favourites against Canada but it looks worth siding with the outsiders to win with a significant handicap. Although Italy have won the last six games against Canada, the last three victories have been by no more than nine points. Canada have been narrowing the gap between the sides and are generously priced to prevail with this head start.

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