Tip Scotland - Russia
There is only one possible result that will put a smile on the face of the Scottish team. They have to beat Russia and earn a bonus point for scoring four tries or more. The Scots go into this penultimate group match sitting in third place in Pool A. Ahead of them are Japan and Ireland with a six point gap to Ireland and nine to hosts Japan, who Scotland face in their final match. Ireland should clinch qualification with a win over Samoa on Friday so it looks like being between Japan and Scotland for the final place.
A win for Scotland over Russia will take them to within five points of Japan but they need that bonus point to reduce the deficit to four. Getting a bonus point against Russia is vital, just in case they beat Japan but only narrowly giving their opponents a bonus point. Scotland lost to Ireland in their opening game but since then have defeated Samoa 34-0. They take on a Russian side who are in only their second finals and have lost all seven games played. Three have been lost in Japan with 99 points conceded. They have never faced Scotland before but their first meeting can be a losing one. Go for Scotland to win on a -35 handicap.
Key points Scotland - Russia
Scotland need to win this game and get a bonus point so will be all out to get a big score.
Scotland won their last game 34-0 against Samoa.
Russia have never won a match in the World Cup finals and lost three so far in this tournament, conceding 99 points.
Conclusion Scotland - Russia
The pressure is on Scotland as they trail in Pool A. Even if they can win their final two games to qualify for the last eight, it's likely they will end up playing New Zealand! They bounced back from a loss to Ireland with a 34-0 win over Samoa. Their target will be to win and get a bonus point and that's what should happen here. Russia have lost all their games so far and conceded 99 points. Go for Scotland on a -35 handicap.
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Scotland Russia Prediction published on October 6, 2019