Scotland v Ireland Six Nations Prediction, Preview & Betting Odds
We have a Scotland v Ireland prediction and preview along with betting odds for you as Ireland continue their quest for a Grand Slam.
Matchup: Scotland v Ireland
Venue: Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh, Scotland
What Channel? RTE 2 and BBC One
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THE FORM – Scotland v Ireland
Scotland have built on a really strong campaign in the autumn of 2022 in this Six Nations. They are now second place in the tournament table with 10 points courtesy of two wins coming against England and Wales.
Both of those wins show how much Scottish rugby has improved in the last couple of years and gives them plenty of hope going into this game against Ireland. Scotland’s only loss of this campaign came against France in Paris. However, they gave a strong performance that day too in what is one of the toughest places to go in the Six Nations.
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Ireland come into this match as the strong favourites at 1/3 in the betting odds. Based on their tournament form they are justified in their heavy favouritism.
The opening three games of this Six Nations have seen Ireland win all three games with bonus points for a flawless record that sees them on track for a Grand Slam.
The opening weekend saw Andy Farrell’s side travel to Cardiff and beat Wales in dominating fashion on a scoreline of 34-10. Since then they’ve beaten a quality France team 32-19 but most recently stumbled their way to a 34-20 victory against Italy in what was the least convincing display of this campaign.
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Scotland have been the second most potent attack in this Six Nations having put up 85 points so far in this campaign. They also have the second best points difference in this competition at +23.
In each game they have put up 21+ points so they should be able to cause this Ireland defence plenty of trouble in this game and you would expect them to cross the try line on a couple of occasions over the 80 minutes.
Fly-half Finn Russell is the star of this team and he leads the way with 30 points scored so far in this Six Nations with most of those coming from his boot. Scotland Centre Huw Jones is the top try scorer in the competition having touched down for a try on three occasions.
While Scotland have the second best attack in this year’s Six Nations, Ireland match up nicely with the best defence in this competition. The Irish have only conceded 49 points to date through three games, an average of only 16.3 points per game.
What stands out about Ireland’s defence is just how well structured they are and how well every player knows what their defensive assignment is supposed to be. This team rarely makes unforced errors which forces opposing teams to put together well orchestrated attacks to get over the try line.
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Not only do Ireland have the best defence in this year’s Six Nations but they also have the best attack in the competition. Ireland have scored 100 points in only three games which is an incredible average of 33.3 points per game.
Andy Farrell’s side have been remarkably consistent in how they have put up those points tallies too with 34 points scored against Wales in the opener, 32 against France and 34 last time out against Italy. Johnny Sexton, Ireland’s legendary no. 10, is the team’s top scorer with 19 points scored. All of those points have come from his boot.
Hugo Keenan is the team’s top try scorer with two tries to his name thus far in this year’s Six Nations.
Scotland have the third best defence in this tournament going by points allowed. They have conceded 62 points altogether which averages out to 20.6 points per game.
They will need to be at their very best to have success against this Ireland attack which is probably the best in the world of rugby union on current form. The last time these teams faced off in the Six Nations was March of last year when Ireland were able to put up plenty of points in a 26-5 win at the Aviva Stadium.
Scotland v Ireland PREDICTION
Prediction: Ireland 27 – Scotland 24
This is a much improved Scotland team from what we have seen in the past and I think their home field advantage at Murrayfield will be another factor that helps them keep this game close.
With that being said, Ireland are the form team in world rugby right now so I still think they will have enough to get over the line this Sunday, but it won’t be without a scare from the Scots.
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