Tip Ireland - Russia
Ireland suffered a surprising defeat when being beaten by Japan. That has left them second in Pool A, a point ahead of Scotland in third. The fact they have already beaten the Scottish side means they don't have too many qualification problems. With Russia and Samoa to face in their final two games, it's the Japan v Scotland match that is likely to decide who joins Ireland in the last eight. The Irish will want to win this game with ease and make sure they also get the bonus point.
The Irish selectors have made 11 changes for this match against Russia. They will hope for a better performance from their line-out and should do against a Russian side that has conceded 64 points in their first two games against Japan and Samoa. Russia are ranked 20th in the world and have lost all six of their games played in the world cup finals. They are the only team in the group without a point and that's how it is going to stay after this game. Go for Ireland to win this game on a -53 handicap to get their world cup back on track.
Key points Ireland - Russia
Russia have lost all of their six games in the world cup finals.
Ireland have won their previous two games against Russia scoring 97 points.
Ireland are ranked 19 places above their opponents.
Conclusion Ireland - Russia
Ireland can't afford any further slip-ups if they want to finish top of this group. That's important as the runners-up are likely to take on New Zealand in the last eight. The Irish have made 11 changes from the side that lost to Japan. Russia are ranked 20th in the world and always struggle against the best in the world. Go for Ireland to win this match on a -53 handicap.
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Ireland Russia Prediction published on October 1, 2019