Wales v Fiji betting tips, odds, predictions – RWC 2019 Match 32
Welcome to our free predictions and odds update for match 32 of the Rugby World Cup between Wales and Fiji at Oita Stadium on Wednesday, October 9.
Wales coach Warren Gatland has named a near full strength team to take on the Flying Fijians in this clash, and there is no chance the Welsh will be taking this one lightly.
Wales are short-priced favourites with bookies to win this clash, and that’s fair enough. They are sitting at the top of the pool after beating Australia in a wonderful match in Tokyo.
But Fiji upset Wales at the 2007 World Cup in France, 38-34 in Nantes.That win sent Wales home after the group stage and put Fiji into a quarter-final.
Wales have been quietly going about their business and simply need a win in either this game or their last match against Uruguay to assure participation in the quarters this time. But of course they will want to top the group, and so avoid a likely quarter-final against England.
“It is important we start well and hopefully take a little bit of that excitement away from Fiji,” Gatland said. “They are dangerous. We’ve got to make sure we shut their space down.”
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 Wales v Fiji predictions and odds for their clash at the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.
Rugby World Cup Match 32: Pool D – Wales v Fiji
Kick-off: 6.45pm local time (GMT +9)
Venue: Oita Stadium
Wales v Fiji odds
Head to head odds: Wales $1.11, Fiji $6.40
Handicap line odds: Wales (-16.5 points) $1.91, Fiji (+16.5 points) $1.91
Previous World Cup 2019 matches:
Wales 43 (Jonathan Davies, Justin Tipuric, Josh Adams, Liam Williams, Tomos Williams, George North tries; Dan Biggar 4 cons, 1 pen, Leigh Halfpenny con) d Georgia 14 (Shalva Mamukashvili, Levan Chilachava; Tedo Abzhandadze 2 cons). Referee: Luke Pearce.
Wales 29 (Gareth Davies, Hadleigh Parkes tries; Daniel Biggar, Rhys Patchell cons, Patchell 3 pens, Biggar, Patchell drop goals) d Australia 25 (Adam Ashley-Cooper, Dane Haylett-Petty, Michael Hooper tries; Matt To’omua 2 cons, Bernard Foley, To’omua pens). Referee: Romain Poite.
Australia 39 (Tolu Latu 2, Reece Hodge, Michael Hooper, Samu Kerevi, Marika Koroibete tries; Matt To’omua 2, Christian Leali’ifano cons, Hodge pen) d Fiji 21 (Waisea Nayacalevu, Peceli Yato tries; Ben Volavola con, 3 pens). Referee: Ben O’Keeffe.
Uruguay 30 (Santiago Arata, Juan Manuel Cat, Manuel Diana tries; Felipe Berchesi 3 cons, 3 pens) d Fiji 27 (Nikola Matawalu 2, Mesulame Dolokoto, Eroni Mawi, Apisalome Ratuniyarawa tries; Josh Matavesi con). Referee: Pascal Gauzere.
Fiji 45 (Semi Radradra 2, Semi Kunatani, Frank Lomani, Waisea Nayacalevu, Apisalome Ratuniyarawa, Josua Tuisova tries; Ben Volavola 5 cons) d Georgia 10 (Mamuka Gorgodze try; Soso Matiashvili con, pen). Referee: Paul Williams.
Wales v Fiji tips RWC2019
Wales -16.5 points at $1.91
Wales fly-half Dan Biggar has recovered from a head knock in time for this clash and we see that as a huge boost for them. They have their most powerful outfit ready to go, the one they will likely take into the quarters. Wales have also been ranked in the top couple in the world for the past year for a reason. We think they will be too well organised for the Fijians, who have had a disappointing tournament with the shock loss to Uruguay.
George North first try/Wales to win
This option is paying around $10 with most of our selected bookies. We just think the big man is due to score one. We are not a huge fan of the first try-scorer option as it requires a fair deal of luck, but it’s not bad for a small play.
Wales v Fiji prediction
Fiji would have expected to come to this match with a live chance of making the quarter-finals, but their reversal against minnows Uruguay put paid to that. So they can play with abandon here as they know it’s their last match before heading home. We see a high-scoring match but with Wales pulling away to win comfortably. And hopefully no red cards to turn the match on its head.
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