Ireland will attempt to build on their impressive victory over Samoa last week when they host Australia at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Ireland’s excellent start to the Autumn international series was not mirrored by the Aussies, who lost to an experimental England side in their opening encounter a fortnight ago. They did pick up pace against Italy last week though, with a resounding 50 – 20 win.
This momentum has pushed Australia into the position of favorites, priced at 1.78 with Sportingbet. Ireland are 2.2 with BetVictor, which is surprising considering their dominating performance against against the Samoams. If you fancy the draw, you can get a price of 21.00 with Bookmaker.com.au.
The sub-plot of this game is Brian O’ Driscoll’s chance to gain redemption after infamously being dropped for the Lions’ test against the same opposition. The centre is sure to go in all guns blazing from the start, so backing him at 17.00 with IASbet to score the first try could be a good bet.
Another Irish player who didn’t get much game time for the Lions was Rob Kearney. The talented full-back is priced at 17.00 to get the first try of the game.
One player who was first choice for the Lions was Tommy Bowe. The winger is a deadly finisher and is priced at 10.00 to go over the try-line first.
Australia had their own absentees from the Lions’ tests and the most noticeable would have to be Adam Ashley-Cooper. The enigmatic fly-half is priced at a generous 13.00 to score the first try of the game.
Australia have several other top-players available in that market – try scorer against England, Matt Toomua, is priced at 23.00 and the wirey Israil Folau is joint leader of the market at a price of 10.00. Nick Cummins, who got a brace against the Italians, is priced at 12.00.
The Irish were in front from early on against the Samoans and if you fancy them to do the same, you can back them to lead at half time and to come out victorious at a price of 3.1 with Sportingbet.
Australia were in front at the break during their game against the English, however they relinquished the lead and eventually lost 20 – 13. You can back them to be leading at half-time and to be behind after the final whistle at a price of 8.5 with Bookmaker.com.au.
My best bet for the game is for the rested Johnny Sexton to get the final try of the game. He will have fresh legs after missing Ireland’s game last week and the talented fly-half knows how to expose space. This is priced at 23.00 with IASbet.
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