Tip New Zealand - Wales
Any third/fourth place game is the one fixture that teams want to avoid. Their dreams of reaching the final have ended and really they just want to go home and start building towards the next tournament. New Zealand take on Wales on Friday and both countries will be fielding weakened line-ups. Wales have made nine changes for this game, while New Zealand have announced seven changes in their team. New Zealand have beaten Wales in their last 30 meetings going back 66 years. They looked in impressive form until that semi-final loss to England ending their hopes of winning an unprecedented third Rugby World Cup in a row.
Wales were unlucky against South Africa in their semi-final. Coming back from that loss after just five days isn't going to be easy. A win here will see them equal their best ever World Cup performance but the odds look stacked in the favour of the All-Blacks. Go for New Zealand to win this game and be ahead at both half and full time.
Key points New Zealand - Wales
New Zealand have won their last 30 games against Wales.
Wales haven't beaten New Zealand since 1953.
The last nine New Zealand wins over Wales have all been by double figure margins.
Conclusion New Zealand - Wales
It's nearly time for these two countries to go home, in fact it's only two months till the Six Nations tournament! New Zealand have lost their world title and won't want to finish fourth in this tournament. They have made changes but so have Wales who have had 24 hours left to recover. Go for the All-Blacks to get the win and be ahead at both half and full-time.
New Zealand Wales Prediction published on October 31, 2019