Tip Italy - Canada
Italy are ranked 14th in the world and that's eight places above their opponents Canada. They face each other in Pool B of the 2019 Rugby World Cup and it's a key match for both countries. Neither are expected to finish in the top two ahead of New Zealand or South Africa, so their target is to finish third and avoid having to qualify for the 2023 tournament. Italy are much more comfortable when playing teams like Canada, than their annual Six Nations struggles. They have played the Canadian side nine times in the past and won seven of them. They have never made it out of the pool stage in this tournament winning 11 games and losing 17.
Canada actually have made it out of the pool stage and reached the last eight. That was back in 1991 though and since then they have always been eliminated in their pool. It's not looking promising for them this year with their only positive head-to-head record being against Namibia. World Cup warm-up results included a 20-15 loss to the USA and a narrow loss to Irish club side Leinster. Italy can be backed to win this match and be ahead at both half and full time.
Key points Italy - Canada
Italy have won seven of their previous nine games against Canada.
Canada lost to a club side in one of their warm-up games.
Italy are ranked eight places above their opponents.
Conclusion Italy - Canada
Italy are unlikely to qualify for the last eight but when up against lower ranked sides are difficult to beat. That's going to be the case here and the Italians can be confidently backed to get the win against a side ranked outside the world's top 20. Go for them to win and be ahead at both half and full time.
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Italy Canada Prediction published on September 24, 2019