Japan v Scotland betting tips, odds, predictions – RWC 2019 Match 40
Welcome to our free predictions and odds update for match 40 of the Rugby World Cup between Japan and Scotland at International Stadium Yokohama on Sunday, October 13.
This is certainly one of the most eagerly awaited matches of the pool round, with so much at stake for Japan and Scotland, but it is a chance to fall victim to Typhoon Hagibis.
The Scots have pleaded for the match to be rescheduled if it can’t be played on Sunday, but Rugby World Cup rules do no allow for this and earlier matches New Zealand v Italy and England v France were cancelled and ruled 0-0 draws. If the match is not played Japan will advance to the quarter-finals and Scotland will miss out.
But there is a chance the match goes ahead, so we will run the rule over it and see if we can find some value bets.
The equation for Scotland is fairly simple: They need to win by eight points or more to get ahead of Japan and qualify for the quarter-finals. It is certainly a result they are capable of if the match gets the go-ahead, with RWC organisers waiting as late as possible to make a ruling on the fate of the game.
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 Japan v Scotland predictions and odds for their clash at the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.
Rugby World Cup Match 40: Pool A – Japan v Scotland
Kick-off: 7.45pm local time (GMT +9)
Venue: International Stadium Yokohama
Japan v Scotland odds
Head to head odds: Japan $2.22, Scotland $1.66
Handicap line odds: Japan (+2.5 points) $1.91, Scotland (-2.5 points) $1.91
Previous World Cup 2019 matches:
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.
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 38 (Kenki Fukuoka, Kazuki Himeno, Timothy Lafaele, Kotaro Matsushima tries; Yu Tamura 3 cons, 4 pens) d Samoa 19 (Henry Taefu try; con 4 pens). Referee: Jaco Peyper.
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.
Scotland 34 (2 penalty tries, Greig Laidlaw, Sean Maitland tries; Laidlaw 2 cons, pen, Stuart Hogg drop goal) d Samoa 0. Referee: Pascal Gauzere.
Scotland 61 (George Horne 3, Adam Hastings 2, John Barclay, Stuart McInally, Tommy Seymour, George Turner tries; Hastings 8 cons) d Russia 0. Referee: Wayne Barnes.
Japan v Scotland tips RWC2019
Japan to win at $2.22
We can’t help but think that lost in all the drama over whether the match goes ahead is just how well the Brave Blossoms have played so far. They were super against Ireland, who have been ranked No.1 in the world in the past few years. Scotland were dismissed easily by the Irish.
Kotaro Matsushima first try-scorer
The South Africa-born Japanese winger has already scored four tries to be equal leading try-scorer in the tournament so far. No reason he can’t get the home team off to a flyer. As with all first try-scorer bets we believe there is a little too much luck involved to take them too seriously so we recommend just a small wager for interest on this one.
Japan v Scotland prediction
The good news for Scotland is that they have won all eight previous meetings against Japan, including 100-8 in Perth in 2004. Japan have steadily made up ground since, though, so much so that they have lost the past two matches only 26-13 and 21-16, both in Japan in 2016. The Brave Blossoms are a better side now, too. They also had never beaten Ireland before this World Cup and we think they are more than capable of handling whatever the Scots throw at them. We have our fingers crossed that this match gets the go-ahead because it promises to be a cracker. Good punting.
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