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Ireland v Italy Six Nations Rugby Betting Odds and Preview – 25.02.12

Ireland favourites against new look Italy

22nd February 2012 / Lee A Jackson

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Ireland v Italy Six Nations Rugby Betting Odds
Ireland to win: 1/10 at SkyBet
Draw: 40/1 at Bet365
Italy to win: 8/1 at Paddy Power

Ireland v Italy Six Nations rugby betting odds come under strange circumstances, with Ireland’s match in France last week being called off at the last minute because of a frozen pitch. It means that Ireland are left still looking for their first win, after suffering a huge blow at home against Wales in their Six Nations opener. Ireland had the game under control late into the match but allowed Wales to stage a remarkable late comeback to take the victory. Head coach Declan Kidney has stuck with the same side which had named to go out a face France in Paris (which has now been rescheduled for March 4th), and that postponement could have done Ireland a huge favour. It gives them an easier match to try and get points on the board with against Italy back in Dublin. If Ireland run out as winners as expected in Ireland v Italy Six Nations rugby betting odds then it will give them a great confidence boost to the take on the rest of the Six Nations, with big matches to still come against England and now France. With Kidney naming the same line up, it means that Keith Earls will make his first start after missing the first match against Wales because of family commitments. So there is extra importance on this game for Ireland, who will face France the following week while the other four nations take a break. Ireland will want a much more comfortable ride than they got last season against Italy, as only a last minute drop goal saved them from defeat in Rome. It should be a different story out in Dublin, with Italy already having suffered two defeats and who are still trying to find their way into a new system. While Ireland are still trying to regain that old powerhouse consistency which has made them such a force in the past, Italy, under new coach Jacques Brunel have tried to play a more expansive game, something which the Italians aren’t that used to. Italy have a superb pack up front and that is where there power is, so trying to take away from their own strengths there is likely to hurt them at the moment. It is around the fringes and through the middle of the park that Ireland can hurt Italy. Ireland should have the control in their game to get a much needed win under their belt. The bigger the win they can produce can breath a bit of much needed confidence back into their game.

Ireland v Italy head to head. There have been twenty meetings between the two sides and Ireland have produced seventeen victories, and hold a big points advantage when the two of them meet. Ireland average 32 points per game against Italy, while Italy average a decent 17 points against Ireland. So there should be points up for grabs in this match. The average points difference between the two is 15 per match in favour of Ireland, which is a good indicator for your spread betting. The two sides met in the 2011 World Cup at the back end of last year, with Ireland doing a thoroughly professional job landing a 36-6 victory.

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