Ireland vs New Zealand
Ireland welcome New Zealand to the Aviva Stadium in Dublin for this Autumn International Series match. The Irish had a hugely impressive 60-5 victory over Japan in their last match. They well and truly avenged their World Cup loss to the Japanese. Johnny Sexton was at his mercurial best in his 100th test and he will again be the key man against the All Blacks. The Irish team have an impressive home record having lost just once in their last fourteen matches at the Aviva Stadium. New Zealand were the team that Ireland could not beat but finally achieved their first ever victory in 2016 at Soldiers Field in Chicago. They have since beaten the All Blacks again in 2018 in Ireland.
TIP: Ireland with their full strength team will fancy getting another victory as the New Zealanders are still chopping and changing looking for the right combinations ahead of the 2023 World Cup. New Zealand have had a great start to their Northern hemisphere tour with big wins over Wales and Italy. Ireland will no doubt provide a sterner test and they will be wary that they have lost two of the last four matches against Ireland. Their last match between the sides ended in a crushing 46-14 win for New Zealand. The visitors have only lost once in their last fourteen matches across all competitions with that loss coming against South Africa in the Rugby Championship. The bookies have the All Blacks as favourites and I also tip them for the win. The best odds on this bet are as follows: Worldsportsbetting 1.28, Playabets 1.20 and Sunbet 1.23
HEAD TO HEAD STATS
Ireland vs New Zealand
- In the last five matches there have been three NZ wins and two for Ireland.
- Ireland have only once ever beat NZ at home.
- NZ won their last match between the sides 46-14.
Latest results for both teams
Ireland beat Japan 60-5 in their last match and the All Blacks beat Italy 47-9.
New Zealand went past the record of most tries scored in a calendar year and this was helped by them scoring over a century of points against Tonga and the USA respectively. One of the highlights of the match will be Beauden Barrett up against Johnny Sexton as both players recently became test centurions. Both these teams come into this match in great form and the match will ultimately come down to the attacking prowess of New Zealand against the defence of the Irish. I expect a very close encounter that will be decided in the final quarter. The All Blacks have the stronger bench with players like Richie Mo’unga coming on to win it for the visitors. New Zealand to win this tight encounter by less than 10 points.
Probable Starting XVs
15 Hugo Keenan, 14 Andrew Conway, 13 Garry Ringrose, 12 Bundee Aki, 11 James Lowe, 10 Johnny Sexton (c), 9 Jamison Gibson-Park, 8 Jack Conan, 7 Josh van der Flier, 6 Caelan Doris, 5 James Ryan, 4 Tadhg Beirne, 3 Tadhg Furlong, 2 Ronan Kelleher, 1 Andrew Porter
15 Jordie Barrett, 14 Will Jordan, 13 Rieko Ioane , 12 Anton Lienert-Brown, 11 Sevu Reece, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 TJ Perenara, 8 Ardie Savea, 7 Dalton Papalii, 6 Ethan Blackadder, 5 Samuel Whitelock (c), 4 Brodie Retallick, 3 Nepo Laulala, 2 Codie Taylor, 1 Joe Moody
Odds for this bet
The best odds on the New Zealand victory are as follows:
Odds comparison on the Irish handicap:
The complete odds on the Irish handicap:
Worldsportsbetting (+10.5) 1.90
Sunbet (+10.5) 1.88
Playabets (+10.5) 1.81
Predictions and Odds in details
There are several great match ups in this game but the trio of New Zealand born Irish players can expect a stinging welcome from their former team mates. The Irish will need to protect their possession as any errors will be punished by an All Blacks team that are the best in the world with turnover ball. The home team will look to play a conservative style as an open game will suit the New Zealanders. Ireland must get their rolling maul functioning well because this is an area they have an advantage over the visitors. The All Blacks have the most potent backline in world rugby and if Barrett can ignite their attack then the home team will struggle. There are decent returns on the All Blacks win but I suggest Ireland on the generous handicap.The best odds on this bet are as follows: Worldsportsbetting (+10.5) 1.90, Sunbet (+10.5) 1.88 and Playabets (+10.5) 1.81
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