United States v Tonga betting tips, odds, predictions – RWC 2019 Match 38
Welcome to our free predictions and odds update for match 38 of the Rugby World Cup between USA and Tonga at Hanazono Rugby Stadium on Sunday, October 13.
Both teams are winless heading into their final match so have the motivation of not wanting to leave Japan empty-handed.
History and form point to a 10-point win or so for Tonga.
Tonga have won eight of the nine matches between these teams. The USA won the first clash between the nations 30-10 in San Francisco in 1999, but Tonga have won the eight matches since, with the most recent clash in 2016 also the closest finishing 20-17.
The Tongans gave France a mighty scare during the week when they lost 23-21 and that is good enough form for us to approach this match with some confidence that Tonga will win well, although weather may play a hand.
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 United States v Tonga predictions and odds for their clash at the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.
Rugby World Cup Match 38 Pool C – United States v Tonga
Kick-off: 2.45pm local time (GMT +9)
Venue: Hanazono Rugby Stadium
United States v Tonga odds
Head to head odds: United States $2.58, Tonga $1.50
Handicap line odds: United States (+4.5 points) $1.91, Tonga (-4.5 points) $1.91
Previous World Cup 2019 matches:
England 45 (Joe Cokanasiga 2, Luke Cowan-Dickie, George Ford, Lewis Ludlam, Ruaridh McConnochie, Billy Vunipola tries; Ford 5 cons) d USA 7 (Bryce Campbell try; AJ MacGinty con). Referee: Nic Berry.
France 33 (Gael Fickou, Yoann Huget, Jefferson Poirot, Alivereti Raka, Baptiste Serin tries; Camille Lopez 3, Thomas Ramos cons) d USA 9 (AJ MacGinty 3 pens). Referee: Ben O’Keeffe.
Argentina 47 (Juan Cruz Mallia 2, Joaquin Tuculet 2, Gonzalo Bertranou, Jeronimo de la Fuente, Nicolas Sanchez tries; Sanchez 5, Benjamin Urdapilleta cons) d USA 17 (Blaine Scully 2, Paul Lasike tries; AJ MacGinty con). Referee: Paul Williams.
England 35 (Manu Tuilagi 2, Luke Cowan-Dickie, Jamie George tries; Owen Farrell 3 cons, 3 pens) d Tonga 3 (Sonatane Takulua pen). Referee: Paul Williams.
Argentina 28 (Julian Montoya 3, Santiago Carreras tries; Benjamin Urdapilleta 4 cons) d Tonga 12 (Telusa Veainu 2 tries; Sonatane Takulua con). Referee: Jaco Peyper.
France 23 (Alivereti Raka, Virimi Vakatawa tries; Romain Ntamack 2 cons, 3 pens) d Tonga 21 (Mali Hingano, Zane Kapeli, Sonatane Takulua tries; Takulua 2, Latiume Fosita cons). Referee: Nic Berry.
United States v Tonga tips RWC2019
Tonga -4.5 points at $1.91
They are a powerful unit when they get rolling, Tonga, and they did dominate for lengthy patches against the tier-on French. Of course, they have to adjust to going into a match as the favourites. It’s one thing to play well against the odds, but another entirely to step up and win as the punters’ fancy. We think they are a season enough side to take care of the USA, who have struggled to score freely.
Siale Piutau anytime try-scorer at $3.50
The Tongan captain and centre will be playing his final Test for his country and what better way to go out than with a win and a try. We are sure his teammates will want to get him over the line.
United States v Tonga prediction
This was always going to be the best chance for either of these two teams to notch up a win given the other three teams in the pool are all genuine tier-one nations. Weather permitting this should be an entertaining clash as the Americans have shown they don’t mind mixing it up in the middle of the field.
Tonga just have the slightly stronger pedigree heading into this clash and we see them winning a fairly high-scoring clash.
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