Ireland v New Zealand Rugby winner odds & predictions

All Blacks can triumph in Dublin

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Ireland v New Zealand preview – 17th November 2018 – 7 pm kick off

After the All Blacks pulled out a dramatic win over England last weekend at Twickenham, they will move on to face Ireland at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin on Saturday. Ireland, who are the reigning Six Nations champions will be looking for their first ever win at home against the mighty New Zealand. The Irish are 15/8 underdogs to pull off the triumph* (betting odds taken on November 15th,2 018 at 7:48 pm)

Ireland v New Zealand Odds*

New Zealand 4/9
Ireland 15/8
Draw 22/1
* (betting odds taken on November 15th,2 018 at 7:48 pm)

Irish looking for first home win

Ireland have had a very good 2018 with a W9 L1 record. They opened their autumn action out in Chicago with a win over Italy, a game which they won comfortably and then it was at home against Argentina last weekend. Ireland came out 28-17 winners in that one, moving them on to a four-match winning streak in their current form.

Back in the summer, they came from behind to beat Australia 2-1 in their series Down Under, a huge coup for the Irish who are bang on top of their game again. The only loss that they suffered in the 2018 calendar year was in their opening test against the Wallabies in early June. In the last decade, Ireland has faced New Zealand a total of nine times and lost eight of them.

In November 2016 they did take a famous win over the All Blacks out in Chicago, which leaves them never having won a home international against the Kiwis. After beating New Zealand in Chicago, they met a couple of weeks later at Lansdowne Road and lost 21-9 but were in the game until the final fifteen minutes of the fixture.

Three of Ireland’s last four losses against New Zealand have been by a margin of no more than -12 points. The one exception was their horror result of a 60-0 drubbing by the All Blacks in Hamilton in the summer of June 2012. An Ireland +6 handicap is at 10/11 odds* (betting odds taken on November 15th,2 018 at 7:48 pm).

The All Blacks

It is so rare that you will see the All Blacks fail to win a game. Even at times when they are looking down and out in a game, they have such an astonishing ability to haul themselves back from the brink to win games. Last weekend at Twickenham, England produced a top-drawer performance against them. The All Blacks had to come from 15-0 down in the game (15-10 at halftime) to pull out the win.

That is what they can do. Even when they look beaten, they pull it out and they are come back kings of international rugby. The form of New Zealand this year is now W11 L1 the only defeat there in that sequence coming against South Africa during the Rugby Championship this year (which New Zealand won yet again).

Of the eleven wins that New Zealand have collected this year, nine of them have been by a margin of at least 13 points. Six of the eleven wins that the Kiwis have produced have been by a margin of at least 22 points. In the anytime try scorer market eat shortest priced option is Rieko Ioane at 10/11 odds* (betting odds taken on November 15th,2 018 at 7:48 pm).


The All Blacks have proven time and time again that they are just so hard to beat. They are ferocious in the scrum and they tore into England’s lineout last weekend. Lat weekends’ tussle at Twickenham was actually a wonderful flawed game, but things could be a little more controlled this weekend in Dublin.

Still, even though rightly Ireland are there to be respected given their current standing, we have to back the New Zealand power to come through. Ireland +6 handicap fits.

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