Scotland v Russia betting tips, odds, predictions – RWC 2019 Match 31
Welcome to our free predictions and odds update for match 31 of the Rugby World Cup between Scotland v Russia at Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa on Wednesday, October 9.
Scotland need a bonus-point win against the Russians in this game and the bookmakers think they are certainties to get it.
We tend to agree, despite a shake-up in the starting line-up necessitated by the fact the Scots also must back up on Sunday and beat Japan to have any chance of making the quarter-finals.
Looming large is Typhoon Hagibis, which is developing south of Japan and could play havoc with the busy weekend schedule ahead, but Scottish coach Gregor Townsend refused to look beyond Russia.
“It’s all about Russia and we need to get a bonus point,” he said. “If we don’t win against Russia we are out of the tournament.”
So the Scots will rely on their second-strong outfit to beat Russia while scoring four tries to secure a vital bonus point.
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 Scotland v Russia predictions and odds for their clash at the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.
Rugby World Cup Match 31: Pool A – Scotland v Russia
Kick-off: 4.15pm local time (GMT +9)
Venue: Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa
Scotland v Russia odds
Head to head odds: Scotland $1, Russia $31
Handicap line odds: Scotland (-34.5 points) $1.91, Russia (+34.5 points) $1.91
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.
Scotland 34 (2 penalty tries, Greig Laidlaw, Sean Maitland tries; Laidlaw 2 cons, pen, Stuart Hogg drop goal) d Samoa 0. Referee: Pascal Gauzere.
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.
Ireland 35 (Andrew Conway, Rob Kearney, Peter O’Mahony, Garry Ringrose, Rhys Ruddock tries; Jonathan Sexton 3, Jack Carty 2 cons) d Russia 0 at Noevir Stadium. Referee: Jerome Garces.
Scotland v Russia tip RWC2019
Scotland -34.5 points at $1.91
With so much to play for the Scots will be just too strong. The Russian attack has struggled all tournament with just a single try, while we see Scotland scoring at least half a dozen in this match. they are not afraid to throw the ball around and the conditions are expected to be dry.
Scotland v Russia prediction
While the new-look line-up for Scotland may take some time to gel, all the players on show will be pushing for places in a potential quarter-final. Meanwhile the Russians could find motivation in captain Vasily Artemyev, who is likely playing his last World Cup match. We expect the Scots to be just too slick in a match where it all goes on the line.
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