Wales v Georgia betting tips, odds, predictions – Rugby World Cup 2019 match-day 4
Wales, one of the big guns of the tournament, make their entrance against the tough Georgians, trying to put the Rob Howley betting scandal behind them.
Howley, the team’s backs coach and Warren Gatland’s right-hand man, was sent home after alleged breaches of IRB betting guidelines.
Wales will be glad to let their play take centre stage and have named a strong line-up for their tournament opener.
Georgia are renowned for their scrummaging and will look to turn this into a battle of attrition, with Wales boasting much more attacking firepower out wide.
Wales are rated at bank interest-type odds of $1.02 to win the match and while we think they will, the weather is forecast to be warm at 30c but also wet and windy.
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 day 4 of the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.
Match 8: Pool D – Wales v Georgia
Kick-off: 7.15pm local time (GMT +9)
Venue: City of Toyota Stadium
Head to head odds: Wales $1.02, Georgia $15
Handicap line odds: Wales (-27.5 points) $1.87, Georgia (+27.5 points) $1.93
Wales v Georgia prediction: Wales are the Six Nations champions; Georgia are the Six Nations B champions. There is a gulf between the sides but we expect the Georgians to stay within striking range early before Wales pull away in the second half. In the only previous meeting between the sides, Wales won only 13-6 at Millennium Stadium fielding an experimental line-up. They will be at full strength this time.
Best bets for Wales v Georgia RWC2019 match
Georgia +27.5 points at $1.93
As mentioned we expect it to be a forward grind and we don’t think Wales will run up a cricket score in tough conditions. Georgia’s problem lies with scoring enough points but they have played plenty of lead-up matches and should be reasonably tough to break down.
George North first try-scorer
The Wales winger is primed for a big tournament and he is rated around $6.50 with most bookmakers to score the first try of the match. We don’t advocate big bets on this particular category as there is a lot of luck involved but you can be sure North will be on hand at the end of plenty of back-line movements.
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