Tip Wales - Ireland
The fourth round of the 2017 RBS 6 Nations is here with a number of crunch fixtures on the cards, one of which will have fourth placed Wales play host to second placed Ireland at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff on Friday 10th March. Wales, who have so far managed five points from the opening three games, head to the match on the back of two defeats, a heartbreaking 21-16 home loss to leaders England and a 29-13 reverse at Scotland in Round Three. Wales defeated Ireland 23-16 the last time the two sides met on Welsh soil in 2015 and a similar result would likely spell the end of Ireland’s hopes of clinching the championship. This is Wales’ last home game of the championship and they will want to sign off in style. Ireland on the other hand, will be seeking to keep title hopes alive in front of a charged Cardiff atmosphere and thus will need to be in really good shape even as they will miss winger Andrew Trimble for the remainder of the season after the Ulster man broke a bone in his hand in a club assignment. The Irish will be looking to build on the win over Italy in the last round and given places in the Irish Lions squad are up for grabs, this promises to be a charged affair. The two sides will be meeting for the 117th time with Wales having managed 63 wins and Ireland 47 as seven matches ended in draws. Wales coach Rob Howley and his Ireland counterpart Joe Schmidt will announce their squads for the clash on Wednesday.
Key points Wales - Ireland
Wales have lost in their last two outings heading to the clash.
Ireland have had two straight wins heading to the game.
The last encounter between the two ended in a draw.
Conclusion Wales - Ireland
Wales have been the dominant side in the two teams’ last ten meetings in history, winning five and picking one draw but heading to this game they have had a bad run and Ireland’s push for the championship is an added impetus. The safest bet here would be on Ireland to win.
Wales Ireland Prediction published on March 7, 2017