Wales v Ireland Betting Tips & Predictions – Saturday 16th March 2019

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Wales put their Grand Slam ambitions on the line this weekend, as the Six Nations wraps up. They are leading the way in a three-way fight for the title, with the Irish heading to Cardiff dreaming of a shock success in the championship fight. There’s so much at stake in this one, and it comes sandwiched in a huge day of action, as the 2019 Six Nations draws to a close.

Wales are looking to continue a great unbeaten run going into the World Cup later this year. The hosts are also one win away from sending coach Warren Gatland off with another Grand Slam under his belt. However, he’s going up against Ireland’s Joe Schmidt, who is also leaving his post at the end of the year. Which one of these two bosses will finish with a win in their final Six Nations match?

Top Tips

Wales to Win @ 4/5

Wales to Score First Try & Win @ 12/5

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Wales News: Final Step for Gatland’s Claim

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Just last month, Wales boss Warren Gatland turned to his charges and told them that if they won in Paris, they would secure the Grand Slam. That was ahead of their opening game, going into a championship which was looking likely to be dominated by Ireland and England. They surged into the race after that win, and Wales have continued to impress since.

Welsh Need to Step up and Continue Winning Run

The hosts are on a 13 game winning run, which kicked off after they lost to Ireland in 2018’s Six Nations. Their fantastic form has got them storming into this game, while they’ve got a nine game winning run at home going into this one. It’s a brilliant way to warm up for the World Cup, but will their winning streak end before they make it to Japan?

Ireland News: Irish Hopeful Ahead of Finale

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Ireland come into this clash hopeful more than anything, as they’re third in a three-horse race. They’re still a point behind England, and they trail Wales by two. The Irish need to win this one, claim a bonus point through four tries and hope that Scotland do them a favour elsewhere. While it’s a tall order, it does slightly ease the pressure ahead of this crunch clash.

Eyes on Sexton

After impressing against France, Johnny Sexton is set to take the focus in this clash. He’s going to be key for the visitors, who need to take their chances when they come up. His return to form comes after his teammates battled their way back into contention, which should be huge for the side going into the World Cup.

Analysis: Winning Run set to Continue

Wales come into this clash as the obvious favourites. They are priced at 4/5 to secure a win on Saturday, while the Irish are 23/20 to take the victory. The draw is out at 22/1, but that’s a result which would only suit England.

Wales Worthy Favourites

The hosts are aiming to build on some excellent form against Ireland in Cardiff. The hosts have won 37 times against Ireland at home. Meanwhile, Ireland have 20 victories here. Having not lost a home game on the final weekend of the Six Nations since 2009, everything seems to be going the hosts’ way. On top of that, they’ve not failed to secure the Grand Slam in the final weekend since 1994, while their last home defeat after winning the rest of their championship games came over 30 years ago. That impressive streak means that we see the hosts as slightly overpriced going into this one.

Wales to Seal Slam

Wales come into this clash having scored the opening try in nine of their last 13 tests. That’s been a key element in their winning run, and we see it pushing them on in this one. They’ll be looking to settle the nerves early on against the Irish, and we’re backing them to get on the scoreboard early and push on in front. We’re going with the hosts to win in the match betting market, where they can be found at odds of 4/5. On top of that, we are tipping Wales to score the opening try of the game in their victory, which is available at 12/5.

Recent Matches

Wales lead the way in clashes between these two, with 68 wins to Ireland’s 51. However, the pair have both enjoyed periods of success against one another. Wales are looking to perform an about turn on their poor form against the Irish, which has seen them win just twice in the last six encounters in the Six Nations.

24th February 2018: Ireland 37 – 27 Wales

Ireland were in fine form on their way to the Grand Slam last season. While Wales led after 30 minutes in Dublin, the Irish rallied back to rack up a huge 37 point total. That win effectively decided the tournament, with Ireland finishing eight points clear of the Welsh.

10th March 2017: Wales 22 – 9 Ireland

The previous meeting in Cardiff was a tense affair early on, with Wales edging the first half 8-6. The Welsh picked it up in the second half, hitting seven points within six minutes of the restart. They thumped the Irish in the second period, easing to a victory. That was one of just two victories for Wales in the 2017 Six Nations.

7th February 2016: Ireland 16 – 16 Wales

These two finished level when they met at the Aviva in the 2016 Championship. Most of the scoring came in the first half, as Ireland took a 13-10 lead into the break. Wales fought back to level the scores at 16-16, and that took them to a second placed finish, two points clear of the Irish.

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