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Ireland v Wales Preview And Betting Tips – Six Nations

Ireland v Wales Preview And Betting Tips – Six Nations

Round two of the Six Nations sees Ireland welcome Wales on a blockbuster Saturday of rugby that also features the Calcutta Cup clash between Scotland and England. Both Ireland and Wales opened their campaigns with wins over Scotland and Italy respectively, although the Irish have Stuart Hogg to thank after the Scottish captain dropped the ball while over the try line. Both sides have plenty of quality and a tight game is expected, with the winner putting themselves in a strong position to go all the way ahead of the first tournament break. Former internationals Andy Goode and Craig Chalmers bring you their expert opinions which you can watch below, while tipsters Form Labs guide you to where the value might lie with their betting preview and tips for the clash.





Round One Recap

A successful day at the office for Wayne Pivac as his Welsh side came up trumps to down Italy 42-0. A hattrick from Josh Adams and some audacious passing from fly half Dan Biggar were the defining factors of the game and they’ll fancy their chances against a faltering Irish side.

Indeed, the hosts can count themselves fortunate to have come away with four points from their fixture against Scotland at the weekend, relying on a calamitous error from the Scottish captain Stuart Hogg who dropped the ball over the line.

Andy Farrell will of course be happy to get off to winning ways, but you have to feel that another performance like that will see them come up short this weekend.

Ireland have now lost two of their last five outings dating back to the middle of their World Cup campaign, losing to both Japan (19-12) and New Zealand (46-14) while their only other victories came against Russia and Samoa, so they’re certainly not flying at the minute.



Ireland v Wales Head-To-Head

Dating back to the Six Nations in 2011, Wales have taken the upper hand in the head-to-heads between these two sides as they’ve gone W7-D1-L6 from their 14 clashes.

Moreover, the hosts have only won half their eight outings at either Croke Park or Aviva Stadium against the Welsh since 2008, and the current short price for Farrell’s men seems a little unjust.

Warren Gatland may have parted ways with his World Cup semi-finalists, but in Pivac they certainly look to have a serious coach on their books.

Of course, playing on the road in the Six Nations is not to be taken lightly, with them going W1-D1-L4 at all of England, Ireland and France since 2016, but we really do believe that this Welsh side has what it takes to cause an upset this Saturday.

Wales To Beat Ireland

Indeed, considering Scotland had a woeful W2-D1-L37 from their 40 trips in the Six Nations (excluding Italy) heading into last weekend’s game and nearly overturned the Irish, we’d be wary of their chances.

Moreover, Wales beat both Tier One nations Australia and France at the recent World Cup, only losing to the eventual winners by three points in the semis and they’ll be seriously fired up to get one over their rivals.

Wales To Beat Ireland At 13/8






Ireland: 15 Jordan Larmour, 14 Andrew Conway, 13 Robbie Henshaw, 12 Bundee Aki, 11 Jacob Stockdale, 10 Jonathan Sexton (c), 9 Conor Murray, 8 CJ Stander, 7 Josh van der Flier, 6 Peter O’Mahony, 5 James Ryan, 4 Iain Henderson, 3 Tadhg Furlong, 2 Rob Herring, 1 Cian Healy

Replacements: 16 Ronan Kelleher, 17 Dave Kilcoyne, 18 Andrew Porter, 19 Devin Toner, 20 Max Deegan, 21 John Cooney, 22 Ross Byrne, 23 Keith Earls


Wales: 15 Leigh Halfpenny, 14 George North, 13 Nick Tompkins, 12 Hadleigh Parkes, 11 Josh Adams, 10 Dan Biggar, 9 Tomos Williams, 8 Taulupe Faletau, 7 Justin Tipuric, 6 Aaron Wainwright, 5 Alun Wyn Jones (c), 4 Jake Ball, 3 Dillon Lewis, 2 Ken Owens, 1 Wyn Jones

Replacements: 16 Ryan Elias, 17 Rhys Carre, 18 Leon Brown, 19 Adam Beard, 20 Ross Moriarty, 21 Gareth Davies, 22 Owen Williams, 23 Johnny McNicholl






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