Ireland v Russia betting tips, odds, predictions – RWC 2019 Match 22
Welcome to our betting preview of match 22 of the Rugby World Cup between Ireland and Russia at Kobe Misaki Stadium on Thursday, October 3.
Ireland will go into this match as unbackable favourites and are seeking to put their campaign back into some sort of order after their shock loss to hosts Japan.
Ireland have drifted in the market out to $13 to win the title, but we have not completely drawn a line through them just yet.
Finishing top of Pool A is still a possibility; finishing second is bad news as it means a likely quarter-final match-up against tournament favourites New Zealand.
To this match though and Russia have been OK defensively in their opening two matches. Their attack has struggled though and they will find the Irish defence, which has conceded just one try in two matches, suffocating.
Check out our team previews to get the latest form, our tips for leading try-scorer from each team and where we think they will finish in the tournament.
Here are our free picks, odds and predictions for Ireland v Russia at the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.
Match 22: Pool A – Ireland v Russia
Kick-off: 7.15pm local time (GMT +9)
Venue: Kobe Misaki Stadium
Previous World Cup 2019 matches:
Ireland 27 (Rory Best, Andrew Conway, Tadhg Furlong, James Ryan tries; Conor Murray, Jonathan Sexton cons, Jack Carty pen) d Scotland 3 (Greig Laidlaw pen). Referee: Wayne Barnes.
Japan 19 (Kenki Fukuoka try; Yu Tamura con, 4 pens) d Ireland 12 (Rob Kearney, Garry Ringrose tries; Jack Carty con). Referee: Angus Gardner.
Japan 30 (Kotaro Matsushima 3, Pieter Labuschagne tries; Rikiya Matsuda, Yu Tamura con, Tamura 2 pens) d Russia 10 (Kirill Golosnitskiy try; Yuri Kushnarev con, pen). Referee: Nigel Owens.
Samoa 34 (Ed Fidow 2, Alapati Leiua 2, Afaesetiti Amosa, Reynold Lee-Lo tries; Tusi Pisi 2 cons) d Russia 9 (Yuri Kushnarev 2 pens, drop goal). Referee: Romain Poite.
Head to head odds: Ireland $1, Russia $81
Handicap line odds: Ireland (-51.5 points) $1.91, Russia (+51.5 points) $1.91
Ireland v Russia prediction: The weather forecast is for warm but wet conditions. We see Ireland holding the Russians to under 10 points but then the question is whether they can cover the large handicap line of 51.5 points. They will be taking no prisoners here and average almost 50 points in their two matches against the Russians.
Best bets for Ireland v Russia RWC2019 match
Ireland -51.5 points at $1.91
While the conditions will work against the Irish playing expansively here, they will be desperate to rack up a big score, to keep alive their hopes of topping the group. Irish star Johnny Sexton is back after missing the Japan game and has been named captain for this one. His nous should take them a long way towards overcoming the deficit.
Johnny Sexton man of the match
They really missed the world player of the year in the game against Japan. This option should be around the $6 mark with most bookmakers but it pays to shop around. Bookies such as William Hill could be offering enhanced odds.
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