Ireland vs Italy Rugby Betting Tip Ireland -22 handicap – 27th February 2021

Ireland to win by a wide margin in Rome

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IrelandIreland vs Italy Italy
27th February 1415hrs
Rugby – Ireland – Six Nations
Pick Draw
Bookmaker Paddy Power
Odds: 10/11 odds taken 06:00 GMT February 25th, 2021

Ireland will have a chance to put their first win of the 2021 Six Nations on the board on the weekend.

After misfires against Wales and France so far, they need to find a bit of renewed confidence.

Running up a healthy score against the Wooden Spoon favourites Italy would probably help that.

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Ireland Preview – Irish to get off the mark

It hasn’t been the strong Six Nations 2021 campaign that Ireland was hoping for.

They have lost their opening two fixtures as we head towards the midway point of the campaign.

Ireland had to play for a long time in their opening fixture of the campaign in Wales, a man short.

That ultimately caught up with them as they lost the fixture 16-21 in Cardiff.

In the second weekend of action, Ireland played host to France in a huge showdown in Dublin.

Ireland needed the win there to get their title ambitions going but were edged out in a 13-15 defeat.

So it’s not been happening for them, but they are the 1/16 odds-on to win in Rome on the weekend* (odds taken 06:00 GMT February 25th, 2021).

They need that as well because they have lost three of their last five internationals now and need a lift.

Ireland certainly needs to get their long-promised attacking game under Andy Farrell going.

Ireland hosted Italy in October last year as the delayed conclusion of the 2020 Six Nations got underway.

There was a thumping 50-17 victory for the Irish on the day in that one.

An Ireland -22 handicap is at even money for rugby betting in this game* (odds taken 06:00 GMT February 25th, 2021).

Our betting prediction:
Ireland 21-30 winning margin
16/5

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(odds taken 06:00 GMT February 25th, 2021)

 

The last time that Ireland went to Rome was in February 2019 and they left with a 10-point margin victory on that occasion.

In their last three visits to Italy in the Championship, Ireland have won each of them by an average winning margin of 28 points.

So that’s pulling in our handicap rugby betting tip for the game. Ireland need this win.

This is the first time since the tournament was expanded to six teams that the Irish have lost their opening two games.

Interestingly, one stat that they don’t want to see is that they were the last team to be beaten by Italy in Rome, back in 2013.

 

Italy Preview – Italy to suffer again

With little surprise, there has been no points on the board for Italy yet in this season’s Six Nations.

They opened their campaign with a hammering at the hands of France in Rome. The Azzurri lost that 10-50.

It was off to Twickenham to face England in round two of action and they did a bit better there, losing 18-41 against the English.

Italy had actually been the ones to come out of the gate quicker in London as they won the race to 10 points in that fixture.

That is the first time that they had done that in a Six Nations fixture since 2017.

But that is what we have now come to expect from Italy. A bit of diligent gusto in the first half of matches before falling away.

In last season’s Six Nations, their second-half try difference was -16.

That’s more than double than what their first-half try difference in all matches was (-7).

Italy are a quote of 12/1 to pull of a repeat of their heroic 2013 effort when they beat the visiting Ireland* (odds taken 06:00 GMT February 25th, 2021).

It’s pretty hard to see that happening at all, however.

The winless streak of the Azzurri in the Six Nations is now 17, which means that it has been nearly eight years since they won a fixture in the competition.

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The last time that Italy ended a game being the highest-scoring team in the second half of any match against a Tier 1 team in any competition was in 2017, 31 matches ago.

We can’t see them doing enough on the day to get anywhere near Ireland.

Their long winless streak of Six Nations championship action is likely to roll on even longer.

 

Ireland vs Italy Betting Advice

The last seven wins that Ireland have recorded in the Six Nations championship have seen them win both halves of the fixtures.

Ireland have opened the try-scoring in both of their fixtures this season but have still come out on the losing end of things.

But as has become more and more common with Ireland’s games, the margins have been tight.

However, we don’t expect this to be, so an Ireland -22 handicap is well worth a look for 10/11 odds* (odds taken 06:00 GMT February 25th, 2021).

 

Key Facts – Ireland vs Italy Betting Tip

  • Ireland have lost their opening 2 matches of a Six Nations campaign for the first time
  • Ireland are on a ten-match winning streak against Italy
  • Italy have lost by an average of 28 points in their last three home games against Ireland in the Six Nations

 

This is a good chance for Ireland to lay a platform to get some attacking momentum going as they still have to face England and Scotland yet.

They do get the boost of Jonny Sexton returning to the starting eleven and that’s the calm head and leadership Ireland need.

Ireland to win by 21-30 points margin piques some interest at longer odds for rugby betting *(odds taken 06:00 GMT February 25th, 2021).

 

The best betting odds for Ireland vs Italy

Ireland to win: 1/25 at Bet365
Draw: 50/1 at Bet365
Italy to win: 11/1 at Bet365