France vs Italy, Wales vs Ireland and Georgia vs Scotland feature on this weekend's international rugby coupon as the build up towards the Rugby World Cup continues.
France vs Italy
Venue: Stade de France, Paris
Date: Friday, 30th August 2019
With both of these Six Nations sides looking to have an impact on the upcoming World Cup, this promises to be a real battle between France and Italy in the French capital. Both sides suffered poor showings in the spring, with France only beating Italy and Scotland with the Italians failing to win a game. With no love lost between the two sides and with players playing for World Cup places, this could be a bruising encounter.
Les Blues have never won the Rugby World Cup and they once again look to have their work cut out. However, tend to play their best rugby at home though and with the Stade de France crown baying for blood, they could put the Italians to the sword here.
Betting Tip: Point Spread – France to win -16.5 points – 0.86
The Italians have also endured a tough period of late and they will be hoping to find form before the World Cup too. With changes guaranteed and players desperate to make an impact before the World Cup, the impact players in the second half could yield more points in the match.
Betting Tip: Highest Scoring Half – Second – 0.83
Match Betting Tip: France to be winning the match at half time and full time – 0.29
Wales vs Ireland
Venue: Principality Stadium, Cardiff
Date: Saturday, 31st August 2019
Two Six Nations giants go head to head in Cardiff with both sides eager to find form with the World Cup just around the corner. Grand Slam champions Wales look like one of the teams to beat in Japan following an impressive season but the manner of their defeat to England last time out was concerning. For Ireland meanwhile, they will be looking for revenge following their defeat in Cardiff in March and they too went down heavily to England in the summer test matches.
The Welsh have had the upper hand over Ireland in recent fixtures and with home support backing them, they will be very confident going into this one. They like to keep things tight defensively and this could be a low scoring encounter that the Welsh win.
Betting Tip: Point Spread – Wales -6 points – 0.90
Defensively, Ireland have been very poor of late – something they will be desperate to rectify here. They will be hoping to hang on until half time if possible and then kick on in the second half and exploit any Welsh tiredness.
Betting Tip: 1st Half – Point Spread – Ireland +8.5 – 0.28
Match Betting Tip: Wales to win the match – 0.48
Georgia vs Scotland
Venue: Dinamo Arena, Tbilisi
Date: Saturday, 31st August 2019
Scotland travel to Georgia as they look to put miles in the legs and points on the board as their World Cup preparation intensifies. Both sides will be using their full squads in Tbilisi and it promises to be a real battle.
Georgia sit 12th in the World Rankings and are one of the most exciting emerging nations. With a hard brand of rugby that takes no prisoners could push Scotland all the way and they look good value to still be in the contest at half time.
Betting Tip: Point Spread – Georgia +3.5 points – 0.75
The Scots know they will be in for a real scrap here and discipline will be a key factor. They should have too much about them though to deal with the Georgian threats.
Betting Tip: Scotland to win the match – 0.40
Match Betting Tip: Scotland to be winning at half time and full time – 0.70
Note, odds are subject to change.