Scotland v Italy Six Nations Rugby betting sees what could be an important match in the race to avoid the wooden spoon at the end of the tournament. The two nations were the outsiders at the start of the tournament, but if Scotland lose this one, then they will be trailing badly after Italy shocked France last Sunday. Scotland turned up at Twickenham to face England and silenced the crowd when they crossed the try line first. It was all in vain at the end though, because the English had the greater share of possession and territory and were clinical enough to punish Scotland for their mistakes. The downfall of the Scots really was in the contact area where they weren’t controlled or strong enough really. There were signs of good things ahead for Scotland but this will be massive test of their mettle on home soil. They battled well against the English and did try to the move the ball around, but the complete picture looks a way off. Especially being ranked lower in the world at the moment than the visiting Italians, this is a pressure game. For the last five consecutive seasons, Scotland have lost their opening two matches and have now gone five matches without a win at Murrayfield.
Scotland v Italy Six Nations betting odds at online bookmaker Blue Square
Scotland 8/13, Italy 13/10, Draw 20/1
Italy thoroughly deserved their win on home soil over the French. They just never let the French get so far out of sight and kept chipping away themselves. Never before have the Italians won their opening two matches of a Six Nations campaign, so they could be on the brink of history. Italy coach Jacques Brunel said that they have to get used to beating all the teams and not just France. Italy were powerful enough to take the attacking game to France when they needed to, and when it came to the point of having to defend to hold onto their lead, they did so heroically and more importantly, competently. So it is they who will be on a high heading to Murrayfield, and as they are still underdogs, there could be value in seeing them get their second win on the board in the championship already. Scotland lost away to Italy in last season’s Six Nations, but they have won the last four at home against the Italians.
The Scotland v Italy head to head doesn’t have that big of a gap. Scotland have won twelve matches and Italy seven of the 19 played. There have been four wins apiece in the last eight meetings in total so nothing much to split them. The average points margin when the two come together is four points in favour of the Scots. Scotland average 22 points per game against Italy, while the Italians average 17 points per game against the Scottish.
So those are the margins on online bookmaker Blue Square have set the handicap line at three points, with a Scotland -3 or an Italy +3 at a price of 10/11.
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