Odds: Ireland 7/25, Draw 28/1, Scotland 11/4
Kick Off: 1415, 10/03/2018
Stadium: Aviva Stadium
Ireland are now hot favourites for outright glory in the Six Nations after three straight wins, but we don’t think they will have it all their own way when hosting Scotland.
The visitors prevailed 27-22 when these teams met in Edinburgh 12 months ago and will travel to Dublin on a high after beating England last time out.
A Look At Ireland’s Betting Odds
Ireland have made the most of their last-gasp success in France by seeing off Italy and Wales at Aviva Stadium.
However, Joe Schmidt’s side have been rocked by a knee injury to Chris Farrell, who was man of the match in the 37-27 defeat of the Dragons.
With Jared Payne and Robbie Henshaw already long-term absentees, Ireland do now look stretched in the midfield department.
Garry Ringrose will attempt to solve the problem by starting at outside centre, but the 23-year-old has only just shaken off ankle trouble suffered in January.
“There’s always concerns about players for different reasons and Garry’s only had six games in this entire season,” said Schmidt.
“That’s something you calculate in but sometimes you don’t have the luxury of a plethora of options.
“We’re hoping he can hit the ground running and get straight back into that form.
“He’s a smart player and hopefully he can get the balance between when he has to work hard and when he can get a breather back on the pitch.
“It’s a needs-must situation, but it’s a situation where we’ve got a lot of trust and faith in Garry.”
Looking at the Ireland vs Scotland odds, 11/4 for an away win could be worth a speculative punt.
A Look At Scotland’s Betting Odds
Scotland have recovered well from an opening-weekend debacle in Cardiff, coming from behind to beat France 32-26 before upsetting England’s bid for a hat-trick of titles.
Two tries from Huw Jones and another by Sean Maitland put the Scots in control at half-time at Murrayfield and they then defended stoutly to prevail 25-13.
However, forwards coach Dan McFarland insists their stunning Calcutta Cup victory will mean nothing if they do not back it up against Ireland.
He said: “If you want to demonstrate to people the quality of your team, you have to do it consistently.
“The victory is great and we really enjoyed that and it will be a good memory for us to keep, but it moves on. We are preparing for Ireland now, that is the next step.”
Scotland have struggled away from home in the Six Nations, but beating Australia in Sydney last summer was a psychological boost, along with strong displays against the Wallabies and the All Blacks in the autumn internationals.
Gregor Townsend commented: “There are a few things we have done to address our away form. We’ve discussed it as a group, with the leadership group, with individuals as well – we’ve had one-on-one meetings with everybody in the squad to talk about away games.
“We’re all aware we’ve got a poor record in the Six Nations away from home, but some of these players have done very well away from home for Scotland – in recent times a win in Australia – and have done very well away from home with their clubs.
“We’ve had one blip, we’ve had one experience where we didn’t get it right in Cardiff. We’ve now got a second opportunity to make sure we make the most of it.”
Getting off to another fast start in Dublin is the key, so 17/10 for the visitors to reach 10 points first completes our Ireland vs Scotland betting tips.
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