Kick-off: 1645, 13/02/2021
Scotland’s confidence should be sky high after stunning England in their Six Nations opener and they have a good chance of following up with a win over Wales.
The Dragons made hard work of edging out an Ireland side reduced to 14 men early on and have been rocked by injury problems ahead of this trip to Murrayfield.
We’re going for a home win by 1-12 points at 13/10 for our first Scotland vs Wales prediction.
A Look At Scotland’s Betting Odds
Scotland were definitely worthy winners when securing a first Calcutta Cup success at Twickenham since 1983 and should really have prevailed by a bigger margin.
The Scots have been showing signs of promise for a couple of years now and will be determined to build on their flying start.
Edinburgh flanker Jamie Ritchie admitted Gregor Townsend’s side are already feeling “excited” about their prospects this term.
“We have put ourselves in a position that we have not done in a while,” he said. “I think in the last 20 years, we have won the first game maybe three times.
“So, we have put ourselves in a position to go on to do something special, but we are only as good as our next game. That’s what we are focusing on.”
Scotland ended an 18-year run without winning in Wales in the autumn, obliging 14-10 in that delayed 2020 Six Nations finale.
Playing in front of empty stands does not seem to faze them and 9/10 for the hosts to lead at half-time and full-time takes the eye from the Scotland vs Wales odds.
A Look At Wales’ Betting Odds
Wales were handed the initiative against Ireland when Peter O’Mahony was shown a red card after just 13 minutes in Cardiff.
The Dragons initially failed to press home their numerical advantage, trailing 13-6 at the interval.
However, smart second-half tries from George North and Louis Rees-Zammit turned things around in that 21-16 triumph.
Wayne Pivac will have been relieved to hit the ground running in 2021, having claimed only three wins in 10 Test matches last year.
That win did come at a cost, though, with wing Hallam Amos, centre Johnny Williams, scrum-half Tomos Williams and flanker Dan Lydiate all now ruled out following injuries.
Centre Jonathan Davies is set to miss a second successive game as he continues his recovery from ankle trouble and wing Josh Adams remains suspended following a breach of Covid-19 protocols.
To compound Pivac’s midfield concerns, North scratched an eye against Ireland, while Nick Tompkins is thought to have a shoulder injury.
Wales had to make more than 200 tackles in edging past Ireland, which highlights how they struggled to control the ball.
We fancy their hosts to get ahead and then close this contest down, so Evens for more points to be scored in the first half completes our Scotland vs Wales betting tips.
England 6-11 SCOTLAND
WALES 21-16 Ireland
Head-to-head: Wales 10-14 Scotland, Scotland 11-18 Wales, Wales 21-10 Scotland, Wales 34-7 Scotland, Scotland 29-13 Wales
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