Ireland v England Prediction, Preview & Odds – RWC Warm-up Game

We have an Ireland v England prediction along with the betting odds for you ahead of their clash in Dublin Saturday evening.

Match Info

When? 5.30 pm, Saturday, August 19th

Where?  Aviva Stadium, Dublin

TV Channel? RTÉ 2

Ireland v England Preview

Ireland’s Form

Ireland comes into this fixture  (along with the World Cup next month) as the Number (1) ranked team in the World. They won their third Grand Slam ever back in March and the first under Andy Farrell back in March when they finished the job with a  29–16 victory over England in Dublin.

Ireland are inarguably in the midst of the most successful period in Irish Rugby history as they continue to tick off first times for the country, before their victory against New Zealand in 2016 in Soldiers Field they had new beaten The All Blacks.  But in their last eight fixtures against New Zealand, they have won five of their matches including a tour down in New Zealand.

This is the second of Ireland’s World Cup warm-up games, with an experimental Irish team having a convincing 33-7 victory scoring five tries against Italy at the beginning of the month.

After this game Ireland will face Samoa in Bayonne on August 26th completes their Rugby World Cup preparations.


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England’s Form

World Number (6) England comes into this fixture  (along with the World Cup next month) in very average form for their standards and expectation levels.

In their most recent Six Nations campaign they finished a disappointing fourth place with a record of two wins (against Wales and Italy) and four defeats. That extended their poor run of form in the competition since their 2020 success they’ve come fifth in 2021 and third in 2022 as well.

In the first of their World Cup warm-ups, they had a disappointing 20-9 defeat against out-of-form Wales, they avenged that a week later though claiming a narrow 19-17 home victory, however, they will need a much stronger performance if they are to trouble Grand Slam winners Ireland.

Steve Borthwick has only been Head Coach since it was announced on the 19th of December that he would be replacing Eddie Jones at the helm.

In all competitions so far and friendlies, he has a record of three wins, and four defeats but there is a lot of talent in this English team, and it would take a foolish person to write them off in this game and the World Cup next month.

Team News

England are expected to name their team for this clash in Dublin on Wednesday with Farrell announcing his matchday squad on Thursday afternoon. England Captain and Fly-Half Owen Farrell is free to play after having his red card against Wales overturned on Tuesday.

For Ireland, the major news is that  Jack Conan did not travel to Portugal with the rest of the squad following a foot injury picked up against Italy and so is unlikely to feature against England.

Key Players To Watch

Ross Byrne

In the absence of Johnny Sexton, I tipped Jack Crowley (23) to get a chance to stake his claim as Ireland’s first-choice backup fly-half against Italy and he hit three conversions in the 33-17 victory  (14′, 30′, 37′). If the Munster man is chosen again it’ll be clear he is the first-choice backup for Sexton

However, my man to watch is Leinster Fly-Half Ross Byrne who despite playing a huge role in role in Ireland beating France during the Grand Slan run, kicking the winning points against Australia in Autumn and leading Leinster to a Champions Cup final, he still has his doubters.

I’m expecting him to get minutes at the weekend whether from the start or the bench to see if he can stake his claim for a World Cup Fly-Half spot.

Owen Farrell

England Captain and Fly-Half Owen Farrell is free to play after having his red card against Wales overturned on Tuesday. It will be interesting to see whether he is kept in the fold to play an Irish side coached by his father Andy Farrell

Farrell (31) is third in the All-Time England appearances massing 107 caps since his debut in 2012 and his 1162 points put him 17 points behind Jonny Wilkinson for most points scored for England.

With all that being said, Farrell has still been subject to much criticism in recent times, being in and out of the side in recent months. He also received a red card most recently against Wales (before he had his ban rescinded). He is still a class act though and will be out to get one over on his father in the lead-up to the World Cup.

Ireland v England Previous  Results

2023: Ireland won 29-16 in Dublin
2022: Ireland won 15-32 in London
2021: Ireland won 32-18 in Dublin
2020: England won 18-7 in London
2020: England won 24-12  in London
2019: England won 57-15 in London
2018: England won 20-32 in Dublin
2018: Ireland won 15-24 in London

Ireland v England Betting Odds

The odds makers make Ireland huge favourites as we get closer to Saturday’s game! They can be currently gotten at 1/10.

England can be currently gotten at 11/2 while the draw is 33/1.

The handicap for the game is Ireland -17 at 10/11

Ireland  v England Prediction & Best Bet

Prediction: Ireland 28-15 England

This is an in-form Irish side who will be looking to make history by getting beyond the Quarter-Finals at the World Cup for the first time and will fancy their chances.

On the other hand, you have an out-of-sorts English side that looks a far cry from the side that was so dominant only a few years ago.

Ireland have won the last three games between these two at an average winning margin of 14.66. I think they make it four in a row but I don’t think it will be an annihilation by any means.

Best Bet: England -17 10/11

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