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Ireland vs Scotland Predictions: Rugby World Cup betting tips, news, lineup

By Andrew Francis

Published: 17:11, 5 October 2023

Ireland and Scotland clash to determine who will qualify from Pool B at the Rugby World Cup on Saturday (8pm BST).

Ireland hold the advantage, sitting four points above their rivals, and will look for the victory to seal qualification as well as the right to say they topped Pool B.

Scotland need a big win, with victory and two bonus points needed to qualify for the quarter-final.

Ireland vs Scotland Betting Tips

Ireland to edge close encounter

Ireland have impressed so far, winning all three of their games and conceded just 32 points. It hasn’t been enough to seal qualification yet though, and Andy Farrell’s side will know that they must either beat Scotland, or secure a tie, to advance to the quarter final stage.

There is a small chance that both sides can make it through to the next stage but a very high scoring draw is quite unlikely and this is effectively a straight shootout for qualification.

A victory might be a bridge too far for Scotland but the handicap market looks enticing in what should be a close encounter. Scotland to beat the 12.5 handicap looks a lively bet on what should be a tense evening of rugby.

Tip: Scotland +12.5 @ 9/10 with BetUK

Tip: Dan Sheehan to score a try anytime @ 5/4 with bet365

Ireland vs Scotland team news

The final group game for both of these sides sees strong lineups from both coaches.

Ireland: Andrew Porter, Dan Sheehan, Tadhg Furlong, Tadhg Beirne, Iain Henderson, Peter O’Mahony, Josh van der Flier, Caelan Doris, Jamison Gibson-Park, Johnny Sexton, James Lowe, Bundee Aki, Garry Ringrose, Mack Hansen, Hugo Keenan

Replacements: Ronan Kelleher, Dave Kilcoyne, Finlay Bealham, James Ryan, Jack Conan, Conor Murray, Jack Crowley, Stuart McCloskey

Scotland:Pierre Schoeman, George Turner, Zander Fagerson, Richie Gray, Grant Gilchrist, Jamie Ritchie, Rory Darge, Jack Dempsey, Ali Price, Finn Russell, Duhan van der Merwe, Sione Tuipulotu, Huw Jones, Darcy Graham, Blair Kinghorn

Replacements:Ewan Ashman, Rory Sutherland, WP Nel, Scott Cummings, Matt Fagerson, Luke Crosbie, George Horne, Ollie Smith