Scotland vs Samoa: Tourists lack experience to compete up front

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Odds: Scotland 1/20, Draw 40/1, Samoa 15/2

Kick Off: 1430, 11/11/2017

Stadium: Murrayfield

TV: BBC One

Samoa gave Scotland a real scare in the 2015 World Cup but look there for the taking when these teams meet again for the first time since at Murrayfield on Saturday.

Greig Laidlaw’s goal-kicking proved the difference at Newcastle United’s St James’ Park two years ago and he will be missing through injury this time.

However, Samoa return to the UK under a cloud following reports of financial difficulties and lack experience in key areas of their squad.

We’re on the hosts to take full advantage and like 91/100 they romp home by more than 20 points in our Scotland vs Samoa betting predictions.

A Look At Scotland’s Betting Odds

Scotland earned plenty of new admirers during this year’s Six Nations, playing some breathtaking rugby in wins over Ireland and Wales in Edinburgh.

A famous 24-19 defeat of Australia in Sydney maintained the momentum and new coach Gregor Townsend will be keen to keep things going the right way in his first Test on home turf.

Laidlaw’s injury allows Townsend to field an all-Glasgow back-line and the Warriors are also noted for running the ball at every opportunity, so the stage is set for the Scots to cut loose.

Finn Russell can be electric at fly-half and a slimmed-down Stuart Hogg has really caught the eye for his club this term.

We’re also on the hosts at 17/20 to lead by at least 10 points at half-time in our Scotland vs Samoa betting tips.

A Look At Samoa’s Betting Odds

Samoa have always managed to produce some exciting individuals down the years but the current squad has been hit by some notable withdrawals.

The four props on tour have played just three Tests between them, while Waikato scrum-half Pele Cowley is the only established playmaker.

Claims this week that the Samoan union is bankrupt are likely to adversely affect preparations and the visitors may struggle to see much of the ball at Murrayfield.

Having lost 52-8 to France in Toulouse 12 months ago and 78-0 to New Zealand in June, we’re expecting another one-sided affair here.

Samoa did push Wales close in a 19-17 defeat in Apia this summer, but poor weather conditions that day were a great leveller and their last fixture was a 38-16 loss to Fiji on home turf.

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Best bets for Scotland vs Samoa

Scotland -20 points @ 91/100

Scotland -9.5 points in first half @ 17/20

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Tony has been a journalist for more than 25 years, with past positions including Press Association betting editor, Teletext Sport betting editor and Sport Newspapers deputy racing editor. A Manchester United and Salford Red Devils supporter, he spends much of his spare time walking his two pet greyhounds.

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