Odds: Wales 7/10, Draw 20/1, Scotland 6/5
Kick Off: 1415, 03/02/2018
Stadium: Principality Stadium
TV: BBC Two
Scotland finally ended a nine-match losing streak against Wales when winning last year’s Six Nations clash by 16 points in Edinburgh and this is a great chance to break their Cardiff hoodoo.
The Dragons have not lost to the resurgent Scots on home turf since 2002, but Warren Gatland’s side have been hit hard by injury problems and look there for the taking.
A Look At Wales’ Betting Odds
British Lions Sam Warburton, Jonathan Davies, Dan Lydiate, Taulupe Faletau and Rhys Webb have all been ruled out of this game.
Dan Biggar, Jake Ball and Rhys Priestland are other absentees, leaving Wales stretched in key areas.
Although only winning twice in last season’s Six Nations, they were strong at this venue, beating Ireland 22-9 and pushing England close before eventually going down 21-15.
However, a 24-22 triumph over struggling South Africa only papered over the cracks of a moderate set of autumn international results.
Assistant coach Rob Howley insisted: “When you go into the autumn, it is great to play against the tier one nations of the southern hemisphere and have the opportunity to develop your game and players.
“But when you go into the Six Nations, it is about winning. The squad reflects that and it is a tournament we all look forward to.”
However, we fear the hosts have a shortage of game-breakers and like 7/4 for the visitors to lead at half-time and full-time from the Wales vs Scotland odds.
A Look At Scotland’s Betting Odds
Scotland have also suffered their fair share of injury setbacks ahead of this year’s tournament, with 64-times capped lock Richie Gray the latest casualty.
With hookers Ross Ford and Fraser Brown, plus props Zander Fagerson, WP Nel, Darryl Marfo, Allan Dell and Al Dickinson all currently on the sidelines, while tight-head Simon Berghan is suspended, Gregor Townsend does have problems up front.
However, an exciting back line will ensure Scotland strut into their first game believing they are real contenders after an encouraging autumn series saw them push the All Blacks close before trouncing Australia.
“The Six Nations is about momentum,” declared assistant coach Mike Blair. “If you get off to a good start, then you can ride that wave.”
With Glasgow going well in the Pro 14 competition, we’re adding 5/1 for the visitors to open the scoring with a try to our Wales vs Scotland betting tips.
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