- Ireland to win by 1-12 points at 6/4 with Paddy Power
- Wales/Ireland HT/FT at 11/2 with Paddy Power
Ireland and Wales look to keep perfect start intact
There’s very little between Ireland and Wales in terms of quality as both will look to capitalize on favorites England’s slip up last week and make it two wins out of two.
Wales hasn’t won at the Aviva Stadium since 2015, so it won’t be easy but it will almost certainly be close!
Discover all our top betting tips as Ireland host the reigning champions on February 8.
Ireland to make the most of home advantage
Ireland is favorites for this one and has won the last two encounters, both warm-up matches ahead of the 2019 World Cup.
They go into the game on 8/15, which feels overly generous in comparison to Wales’ 6/4 with Coral.
Wales were dominant against Italy at the weekend and showed real danger in attack, which the hosts will have to be wary of. It’s certainly going to be close, and we’ve already seen upsets this season. Home advantage could well be key though, with the home side not beaten in the last six meetings in the competition.
Ireland to edge it in a close one
It’s always a close encounter between the two and we expect no different in this one.
The 1-12 point winning margin looks the best bet with Paddy Power, offering a home win at 6/4. That’ll provide you with better odds on the Irish and we can see that being the outcome, providing they stay strong against an in-form Josh Adams.
Coral is offering Ireland at 8/5 for a 1-10 point victory, while if you do fancy backing the away side a 1-10 points win is priced at 2/1.
In the last seven meetings between the two, the winning margin has only exceeded 10 points twice, a statistic certainly worth noting.
A win to put a nation as favorites?
We fancy Ireland to take this on home turf. The likes of Sexton, Aki, and Larmour are all dangers and that could see them through in what will be a real battle.
The last two Six Nations winners have been Wales and Ireland and a win here could put either in the driving seat.
Depending which way you think it’ll go, it’s well worth backing the outright market ahead of this one with Wales currently priced 3/1 and the Irish 7/2 with William Hill. Those odds will almost certainly shorten for the winner following this game.