All conquering Australia hope to keep their Rugby League World Cup 100 per cent record alive when they take on Ireland at Thomand Park on Sunday.
Thus far Australia’s form has been excellent, beating a strong England side 28-20 and overcoming Fiji 34-2 in difficult conditions in their round two game. Meanwhile Ireland have found the going tough, going down 32-14 to Fiji in their opening encounter and getting annihilated 42-0 by England.
Understandably the bookmakers have made the Kangaroos virtually unbackable favorites, where as Ireland are 34.00 with Sportsbet and IASbet, but it does look like an impossible task. The draw is priced at 250.00 with Betfair at the moment.
The only value to be had with the Aussies lies in the handicap market. Tim Sheen’s side are priced at 1.91 with Centrebet to win by more than 55 points or more.
If star players such as fly half Daly Cherry-Evans and full back Greg Inglis perform to their startling best, I would argue an even larger handicap could be appealing. The slightly higher points tally of over 60 points is on offer for 2.1 with 888Sport.
If Australia do run out convincing winners, they will likely take both the halves. You can back Australia to be winning at both half time and full time for a price of 1.02 with Betfair. These odds may seem short, but an upset appears so unlikely that backing them is almost like buying money.
If you believe in miracles and think Ireland can take the first half, you can back them to be leading at the break but lose the overall game at 51.00 with Sportsbet. If you believe in divine miracles, or you don’t like having money in your bank account, you can back them to be leading at the interval and to win the overall game at a price of 151.00 with Sportsbet.
If you fancy Ireland to put in a spirited performance in their last game of the tournament, you can back them at 1.91 with Centrebet to lose by less than 55 points or 1.7 with Unibet to lose by less than 60.
Australia are an intriguing 2.4 with Sportsbet to repeat the trick performed by the English and keep the Irish scoreless for the entire game. However if you’re feeling green and are insisting on backing the Irish, then I would advise placing a small bet on them to get the first score from a penalty.
The home crowd coupled it with it being the last game could see the Irish get some luck with the set piece. An Irish penalty is 17.00 with IASbet to be the first score of this game.
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