Odds: Ireland 3/10, Draw 22/1, Wales 49/20
Kick Off: 1415, 24/02/2018
Stadium: Aviva Stadium
Ireland will be determined to stay on course for a Six Nations decider against England at Twickenham by claiming victory over Wales in Dublin.
The men in green and England have both won their opening two matches of the 2018 campaign and look set for a winner-takes-all showdown on the final weekend.
A Look At Ireland’s Betting Odds
Ireland followed up their dramatic 15-13 win in France with a far more comfortable 59-16 victory over Italy last time out.
That was the first of three successive home games and coach Schmidt is confident his team can extend their fine record at the Aviva Stadium.
Ireland have been cut to 5/4 to win the tournament in the outright Six Nations betting and Schmidt said: “You do feel that you’ve a chance when you can get those first two wins, especially with an away win first up.
“We haven’t lost a Six Nations game at home in the five years I’ve been involved. There’s a real benchmark there that we can hopefully defend.
“We have had some knock-backs injury-wise, but if you’d said to me two weeks ago you’d have nine points and a 39-point differential, I’d have bitten your hand off.
“We do feel that we’ve gained a bit of confidence that we’re heading in the right direction.”
The loss of British and Irish Lions trio Tadhg Furlong, Iain Henderson and Robbie Henshaw is a blow, though, while Ireland have failed to beat Wales in their last three Six Nations meetings.
We still fancy the hosts on current form but are not expecting a big victory here, so take the Irish to win by 1-12 points at 8/5.
A Look At Wales’ Betting Odds
Wales were left feeling aggrieved over a disallowed try in their 12-6 defeat to England at Twickenham.
There were plenty of positives to take from that performance, though, with England failing to score a point after the 20th minute, and Wales will remain in the title hunt with victory in Dublin.
Having previously crushed Scotland in Cardiff, the Dragons are 12/1 to win the Six Nations after the opening two rounds.
They have key players returning too, with Ospreys fly-half Dan Biggar among those recovering from injury.
Wales beat Ireland 22-9 in Cardiff last year, having drawn on their last visit to Dublin, and assistant coach Rob Howley said: “We know we can compete with Ireland. Our recent results show that.
“A lot of our players are familiar with the Irish players, and we will go there with a great chance of putting them under pressure.
“I love going to Dublin, the players enjoy it and you are up against one of the best sides in the world.
“We’ve got three games left – two at home (against Italy and France) – and a huge challenge in Dublin. If you only lose one game, the past has shown you can still go on and win the championship.”
The hosts still get our vote here but the last of our Ireland vs Wales betting tips is Wales with an 8.5-point start on the handicap at 4/5.
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