What was meant to be a feast of action on Saturday has been reduced to just a single match as only the clash between Ireland and Samoa has managed to avoid being cancelled as a result of the typhoon making its presence known in Japan.
The match in Fukuoka sees Pool A draw to a close with Ireland expected to get the job done against a Samoan side who only have a win over Russia to their name in this tournament.
The oddsmakers have Ireland at 1/33 against the 18/1 offered on the Samoans. The Handicap sees Ireland (-27.5) vs Samoa (+27.5) at 9/10 while Ireland (-28.5) vs Samoa (+26.5) is at evens.
There have been six meetings between these sides but you have to go back to 2013 for the last encounter between them. Ireland have won five and only slipped up when thumped back in 1996. In reality, Samoa have never really been a match for the men from the Emerald Isle. Their latest encounter ended 40-9, a points difference of 31.
When looking at the Alternative Margin then it makes sense that Ireland 21-30 is at 5/2 and there’s 33/10 on Ireland 11-20 or Ireland 31-40. It is quite clear that Ireland aren’t seen to be expecting too many problems. Ireland 1-10 is at 4/1 if you think this might be a close fought contest.
The Exact Winning Margin has Ireland by 1-15 at 3/1 or you can take some of the 7/2 if you think it might be a blowout with Ireland by 44+ at that price. There’s 16/1 on Ireland by 27 or Ireland by 28.
The First Half Winning Margin sees Ireland by 15+ at evens while Ireland by 8-14 looks a good bet at 3/1. Historically, matches between these two have been fairly close contests for the first 40 minutes before the floodgates open in the second half.
The Winning Margin Spread has Ireland 26-30 priced at 5/1 and Ireland 31-35 at 11/2. You can have 6/1 on Ireland 21-25 or 13/2 on Ireland 36-40.
The numbers backers can take 9/10 either way if they feel the match totals might end as an odd or even number.
Ireland, hovering near the top of the World Rugby rankings should prove to be too much for Samoa and this seems a nice match to lift the confidence ahead of next week’s quarter-finals here.
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