Tip Italy - Ireland
Italy suffered another Six Nations defeat when they lost at home to Wales last weekend. The first hour of that match was pretty tight before Wales hit form, especially after Andrea Lovotti was sent to the sin bin and eventually won 33-7. Ireland surprisingly lost away to Scotland last week, the thought of them losing their first two matches of the tournament is simply unthinkable. Losing away to Scotland was a long way from beating New Zealand a few months ago and it was a poor first half performance that cost them the match at Murrayfield being 21-5 down at half time. After coming back to take the lead, two late penalties sealed their fate. Cut out the sloppiness they showed early on last week and they should have few problems in Italy particularly if Johnny Sexton is fit to play. Go for Ireland to win this on a -19 handicap. I'd go for more but won't just in case Ireland get sloppy or frustrated by the Italian side.
Key points Italy - Ireland
Ireland have won their last four games against Italy.
Italy lost all their Six Nations games last season and started this campaign with another defeat.
Ireland have won 22 out of 26 games against Italy and beat them 58-15 in their last meeting.
Conclusion Italy - Ireland
Ireland lost the game to Scotland because of their first half errors. Cut those out and they can get a convincing away win against Italy.
Italy Ireland Prediction published on February 11, 2017