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Ireland vs Italy Betting Tips, Predictions & Odds – Italy backed in handicap market against Ireland

  • Ireland and Italy play in the Six Nations on Saturday at 15:30 BST
  • 2020 Six Nations returns after almost 8 months
  • Ireland have 4 debutants in their squad against Italy
  • Italy have lost by 17 or less points in their last 2 matches
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Italy backed to cover 28 point handicap (Getty Images)

The 2020 Six Nations resumes as Ireland host Italy at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday afternoon. Ireland are clear favourites but the bookmakers have offered quite a hefty handicap which I’m backing Italy to take advantage of.

Ireland Form


Ireland currently sit fourth on the Six Nations table but along with Italy, have played only three matches compared to the four the others have played.

Prior to rugby being called off for the pandemic Ireland suffered a 24-12 defeat away to England. Their preceding matches however saw two victories as Ireland beat Wales 24-14 and Scotland 19-12, both at home.

Victory for Ireland will take them level top of the table with England and France while a bonus point win (four tries) will send them a point clear at the top going into the final week of fixtures.

Ireland News


Ireland have named a much changed side from the one that played England a few months ago in their last Six Nations clash.

Four players will make their debuts with Will Connors and Hugo Keenan in the starting line-up and Ed Byrne and Jamison Gibson-Park on the bench.

Jonathan Sexton will captain the side from fly-half with Jordan Larmour, Tadhg Furlong, Dave Kilcoyne and Devon Toner all missing out on the squad.

Italy Form


Much was expected from Italy in the 2020 Six Nations but they have failed to live up to that billing. Three defeats and to make matters worse, they have failed to score a point in two of those.

Italy’s Six Nations began with an away 42-0 hammering against Wales. This was followed by a solid performance in a 35-22 defeat in France with their last match ending in a 17-0 defeat in Scotland.

Italy are unlikely to trouble Ireland too much but with it being the first international match in some time, Italy could stifle Ireland and at the very least keep the score down.

Italy News


Italy have no huge injury concerns but we will know more once their team is selected.

Ireland vs Italy Head to Head


Ireland have won 25 of their last 26 matches against Italy. The last time they met was in August 2019 where Ireland won 29-10 at the Aviva Stadium.

Ireland vs Italy Odds


Ireland are heavy favourites at 1.06 with Italy priced at 19.00 and a draw at 51.00 with bet365.

The handicap is set at 28 points.

Ireland vs Italy Match Up


Ireland and Italy are both very forward oriented teams so don’t expect the ball to be given too much width, especially early on. While club rugby has been played for a couple of months now both of these teams have only recently joined for international camps so plenty errors are likely.

Ireland vs Italy Stats


  • Ireland have won their last 9 matches against Italy.
  • Ireland have won 2 of their 3 2020 Six Nations matches.
  • Ireland have won their last 3 matches by 7, 10 and 12 points.
  • Italy have lost by 17 or less points in their last 2 matches.
  • Italy have lost their last 2 matches by 10 and 19 points against Ireland.

Ireland vs Italy FAQ

Where can I watch Ireland vs Italy live stream online?

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Where is the Ireland vs Italy Six Nations match being played?

The Ireland vs Italy match is being played at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin, Ireland.

When is the Ireland vs Italy Six Nations match being played?

The Ireland vs Italy match is being played on Saturday 24 October 2020 at 15:30 BST.

Where can I get Ireland vs Italy free bets?

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What competition are Ireland vs Italy playing in?

Ireland vs Italy is being played in Six Nations.

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Verdict

With both teams playing their first international match I expect a scrappy affair with Italy to finish within 28 points. 

Best Bet: Italy +28 Handicap Handicap @100 at BetMGM - 3 Units

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