Rugby Union World Cup – Ireland v Russia

We are into the thick of this autumn’s Rugby Union World Cup which is being staged in Japan. Followers have now had a look at every team involved at least once and the four groups, Pool A – D are now taking shape.

Ireland has been dropped into Pool A alongside Japan, Scotland, Samoa and Russia. They made a fantastic start to their campaign by beating the Scots in their opening match and are now in a great position to progress to the knockout stages of the competition. Ireland was one of the teams afforded all due respect by betting traders’ pre-tournament and they have certainly lived up to expectations so far.

Mixed Bag for Ireland

The Irish have played two, won one and lost one. That emphatic 27-3 win over Scotland was followed by a surprise 19-12 defeat to the host nation. The pressure is now on them to bounce back and record an important win over Russia on Thursday morning, a match that is scheduled to kick-off at 11.15am and will be shown live on ITV.

Ireland v Japan

Will Ireland rally back and get the win needed? Will they secure a much-needed bonus point to get their campaign back on track? Bookmakers certainly believe so and that’s little surprise as their opponents lost to Japan in the opening match of World Cup 2019. It’s generally accepted that, if Ireland plays anywhere near their best rugby, they will be more than good enough to win this match and do it comfortably.

We can get an idea of the kind of match to expect here by looking at the betting odds. There’s no great surprise in the match-winner list but you will find one or two gems when digging through the specials markets and this is where we expect most of the attention to go. Ireland is 1/250 with William Hill. That’s incredibly tight and puts casual backers off an interest, event those playing stacked accumulators. It is worth knowing, however, that most firms have the same outcome at 1/1000. That suggests the jolly must only turn up.

Punters Must Work for the Value

Russia has been marked on the betting board at 100/1 with Betfair. That’s an attractive price and a big outsider, but it deserves to be. There shouldn’t be too much attention on that one. The draw won’t appear on many bet slips either, 150/1 trading on the level finish at 888Sport.

If you expect Ireland to win, as many people do, it’s worth predicting how they will achieve the victory.  The handicap betting is one way to break off a better price and make things a little more interesting. How many will they win by? Back Ireland – 53 points on the handicap at even money with bet365. Russia is certainly no world-beater, but if you think the team is capable of remaining within that margin there’s evens with Betfair on the underdogs winning with a massive 53 points start.

Another special worth an interest bet is the first try-scorer market. Keith Earls is pinned to the top of that list and can be backed at 6/1 – market best price with Ladbrokes. Andrew Conway joins him at the same price with the same firm. The top three is completed by Jordan Larmour at 7/1, William Hill ranking as the most generous firm there.