Thu, Nov 24, 10:23am by Christopher Duffy
Date and Time: Sunday November 27, 4:30am
Venue: Aviva Stadium, Dublin
TV: Bein Sports
The Wallabies will resume their hunt for a Grand Slam this weekend when they face Ireland in Dublin. With a 100% record so far on this Tour, Australia appear to be in good shape to take on what will be possibly their first big challenge. After dispatching of Wales and Scotland, an under-strength Wallabies side battled past the French in Paris. Now, however, they face a battle hardened Irish side who ended the All Blacks unbeaten run recently as well as pushing them all the way last weekend.
With a settled centre pairing of Reece Hodge and Tevita Kuridrani, the Wallabies have gone from strength to strength on this Tour. Impressive performances from both men in gold has ensured that the team as a whole have improved.
Despite this they are edged out as favourites for this match with William Hill. Australia currently stand at $2.00 to continue their winning streak and get another step closer to that elusive Grand Slam. Hodge and Kuridrani could well have a huge impact on the outcome of this match.
After playing the All Blacks twice in three weeks, it would be understandable if this Irish side were physically exhausted. The intensity of both those Tests, one in the United States and one in Dublin, was unbelievable. Ireland created history in Chicago with their first-ever win over New Zealand and went close last weekend. They will be looking to keep that momentum going against the Wallabies. The physical toll of those matches has created several injury concerns for the Irish but they will be confident heading in as favourites as they do with William Hill. An Ireland victory is priced at $1.80.
A close fought game looks likely to be on the cards with the prices that William Hill are offering with the addition of a margin to the match winner. The lowest prices are on a win of between 1-12 points for both sides, with an Irish win priced at $2.70 and an Australian victory at $3.00. A big win for either side of 13+ points rises to $4.40 for Ireland and $6.00 for Australia. A draw between the two sides stands at $21.00.
One way in which the game can be kept exciting to the end is with William Hill’s offers on the Last Scoring Play. If as expected this game is close, then the final score of the match could be crucial. A conversion from either Australia or Ireland is favourite at $3.35. Followed closely by a penalty goal at $5.50 and a try at $9.00 for either team. A drop goal by Ireland or Australia is priced at $15.00.
Australia now face their two toughest Tests of the Tour if they are to achieve a fabled Grand Slam. Before England next week they must overcome a fired up Ireland side looking for redemption after a frustrating loss to the All Blacks. The Wallabies must front up in the pack if they are to have any chance of beating the Irish.
Bet of the Match: Ireland to win by 1-12 points at $2.70
Ireland vs Australia Full Markets
Ireland (-1.5): $1.90
Australia (+1.5): $1.90
Ireland (1-12): $2.70
Ireland (13+): $4.40
Australia (1-12): $3
Australia (13+): $6
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