Ireland vs Scotland
Ireland and Scotland meet at the Aviva Stadium in their final match of this year’s Guinness Six Nations. The hosts are in second position with 16 points while the visitors are in fourth position with 10 points. Ireland beat England 32-15 in their last match but were helped substantially by the red card given to an England player in the second minute of the match. The Irish still have an outside chance of winning the title but will need England to do them a favour and beat the French in Paris. If the match in Paris ends in a draw and Ireland win with a bonus point then they will be crowned champions.
TIP: The final score in the last match flattered Ireland as the score was 15-15 in the last quarter before they scored two late tries. The most worrying aspect for Ireland was how their scrum was pulverized by England. Scotland are coming of a 33-22 win over Italy in their last match but will need a vast improvement if they are to beat this Irish team. They looked lethargic and lacked cohesion especially in attack but still found a win to win against Italy. The bookies have Ireland as favourites and I also tip them for the win. The best odds on this bet are as follows: Worldsportsbetting 1.10, Playabets 1.10 and Sunbet 1.11.
HEAD TO HEAD STATS
Ireland vs Scotland
- Ireland have won their last six matches against Scotland.
- Ireland have won their last eight home matches against Scotland.
- The last time Scotland beat Ireland away from home was in 2010.
Latest results for both teams
Ireland beat England 32-15 in their last match while the Scottish beat Italy 33-22 in their last match.
Ireland will pose a new set of questions for them with the Scots last tasting victory in Dublin back in the 2010 season. They will need their two world class players Stuart Hogg and Blair Kinghorn to be at their best to have any chance of causing an upset. Scotland are currently on the same number of points as England and if they get any result that is better than the English they will finish third. Ireland will attack Kinghorn as he is very inexperienced at international level. If the Irish can fix their scrum problems in this match then they will win comfortably. I predict an Ireland win by 20 points.
- Probable Starting XVs
15 Hugo Keenan, 14 Andrew Conway, 13 Garry Ringrose, 12 Bundee Aki, 11 James Lowe, 10 Johnny Sexton (captain), 9 Jamison Gibson Park, 8 Caelan Doris, 7 Josh van der Flier, 6 Peter O’Mahony, 5 James Ryan, 4 Tadhg Beirne, 3 Tadhg Furlong, 2 Dan Sheehan, 1 Cian Healy.
15 Stuart Hogg (c), 14 Darcy Graham, 13 Chris Harris, 12 Sam Johnson, 11 Kyle Steyn, 10 Blair Kinghorn, 9 Ali Price, 8 Matt Fagerson, 7 Hamish Watson, 6 Rory Darge, 5 Grant Gilchrist, 4 Jonny Gray, 3 Zander Fagerson, 2 George Turner, 1 Pierre Schoeman
Odds for this bet
The best odds on the Ireland victory are as follows:
Odds comparison on the Ireland handicap :
The complete odds on the Ireland handicap:
Worldsportsbetting (-15.5) 1.9
Sunbet (-15.5) 1.87
Playabets (-15.5) 1.81
Predictions and Odds in details
The Irish will be buoyed on by a partisan home crowd and will be looking to get the maximum five points from this match. They may not have their destiny in their own hands but will want to put as much pressure on France as possible. Scotland have struggled away from home and once again they will come up short. There are poor odds on the Ireland outright win therefore we suggest the home team on the handicap for best returns. The best odds on this bet are as follows: Worldsportsbetting (-15.5) 1.9, Sunbet (-15.5) 1.87 and Playabets (-15.5) 1.81
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