England manager Martin Johnson admits Ireland will start their RBS 6 Nations clash at Twickenham as favourites - and will walk away with the win if his side don't show signs of improvement.
Johnson’s men opened the tournament with a 30-17 victory over Wales before labouring to a 17-12 win against Italy two weeks ago.
Ireland won the Grand Slam last year but despite a defeat to France, Declan Kidney’s men are shorter prices with the bookmakers to take the points at Twickenham.
And Johnson knows his men are up against it.
“Ireland come here as the best team from these islands, it is a huge game,” he said. “We will have to be better than we have been to beat them.
“We are better off for every game we play because the guys are getting used to playing with each other.
“It is a good game to be involved in and it comes at a good time for us, Ireland at home after two wins.
“There will be a full house at Twickenham and we have a chance to try and beat them.”