Italy vs Canada

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Italy's Francesco Minto is tackled by the Canada defence during the Rugby World Cup Pool D match between Italy and Canada at Elland Road, Leeds, England, Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

We’re still at that stage of the Rugby World Cup where trying to find a real game to have a bet on seems to be few and far between.

Case in point is the clash between Italy and Canada in Fukuoka City. It’s a game that sees the world’s 14th best side according to the rankings meet a team ranked 22nd. In a group that includes New Zealand and South Africa it’s a surprise to see Italy topping the table.

Now it isn’t much to get excited over and there’s hardly any thought of them somehow going through the pool stage. Their current position is simply due to the fact that they handed Namibia a big defeat in their opener and their superior points difference has them on top.

It’s one of the reasons why Italy are 1/2 to take the Full Time Result against the 9/1 offered on Canada’s chances of causing an upset.

For handicap backers, there’s 9/10 on Italy (-19.5) vs Canada (+19.5) and even money on Italy (-20.5) vs Canada (+18.5).

Looking for an early interest soon after kick off? There’s 11/10 on a lineout being the first stoppage in play with a penalty or free kick at 5/2. The same price for a scrum being the first break in play.

Winning Margin wise, Italy over 12.5 is at 4/10 while there’s 5/2 on Italy under 12.5 and 12/1 on Canada under 12.5 or 50/1 on Canada over 12.5.

There’s 12/10 on Italy scoring a try as the first points scored or 2/1 on an Italy penalty.

In the Exact Winning Margin Market, Italy by 30+ is at 2/1, a clear indicator that a big score is expected while Italy by 20 is next best at 16/1. Italy have the upper hand as far as the history between these two sides having won all five of their last meetings. However, these two sides haven’t faced either other since 2016 in a game that the sides were only separated by two points.

As far as the First Half Winning Margins go, you can get 15/10 on Italy being up by 15+ at the break or 28/10 on Italy by 1-7 or the same price on Italy by 8-14.

There’s 7/20 on Italy being the first to score, the Canadians are 22/10, and you can have 3/10 on Italy being the team to score the first try.

Looking at the Score First/Full Time take 4/10 on Italy scoring first and winning and there’s 22/10 on Canada scoring first but losing the match. Italy scoring first and losing is at 14/1.

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