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Scotland vs Ireland Predictions & Tips - Scotland can turn the tables on Ireland at Murrayfield

  • Scotland vs Ireland predictions for Sunday’s Six Nations match
  • Fixture is being played at 15:00 GMT at Murrayfield
  • Ireland have lost 2 of their last 3 games
  • I am tipping Scotland to get a narrow win over Ireland at Murrayfield
  • Stats, preview, predictions & team news
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Scotland can win their first match in six against Ireland (Getty images)
Ralph Staniforth 12 Mar 2021
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Scotland vs Ireland Predictions


Scotland have produced some good rugby this season and should have been two from two, but a red card against Wales cost them. Ireland have not been their dominant self thus far so my best bet is for Scotland to win at Murrayfield.

  • Scotland’s last 3 victories over Ireland have come by 5 or less points.
  • Scotland’s Duhan van der Merwe has scored 3 tries in his last 6 matches.
  • Ireland have lost 2 of their last 3 matches.

Head to Head


Ireland lead 9-1 in their last 10 matches against Scotland. When they last met in the 2020 Autumn Nations Cup, Ireland won 31-16 at home.

Scotland Form


Scotland have won one and lost one of their 2021 Six Nations campaign. Their last match against France was postponed after a number of French players contracted COVID-19.

On the opening weekend, Scotland caused a big shock by beating England 11-6 at Twickenham. They then hosted Wales and after dominating much of the match, they were reduced to 14 men. That allowed Wales to win 25-24.

Scotland have steadily improved over the last two years so will be keen on getting a win over Ireland in this one. 

Scotland Injuries & Team News


Scotland have made four changes after their heartbreaking defeat to Wales. Sean Maitland is fit again to start on the wing. Jamie Ritchie comes into the second-row while prop, WP Nel and centre, Sam Johnson both start.

Ireland Form


Ireland’s chances of winning the 2021 Six Nations are all but over. They have lost two of their opening three matches.

A 21-16 loss to Wales on the opening weekend was followed by a 15-13 defeat to France in Dublin. Those two defeats put an end of the Irish 2021 challenge.

In their last match, Ireland thrashed Italy 48-10 in Rome. Ireland rested a few key players here but will want to carry the momentum into this Scotland fixture. 

Ireland Injuries & Team News


Despite scrumhalf, Conor Murray returning to fitness, Andy Farrell has stuck with Jamison Gibson-Park to partner Jonny Sexton.

The key battle of the match will be between the two flyhalves, Jonny Sexton and Scotland’s Finn Russell. Both are the talisman of their respective sides, and whoever shines on Sunday is likely to see their team win.

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Verdict

Scotland have shown some good form this season while Ireland have lost two of their three matches. I'm backing Scotland to win and wing, Duhan van der Merwe to score.

Best Bet: Scotland Win Full Time Result @120.00 at BetMGM - 3 Units
Anytime Tryscorer Tip: Duhan van der Merwe Anytime Tryscorer @180.00 at bet365 Sport NJ - 2 Units
First Tryscorer Tip: Duhan van der Merwe First Tryscorer @1000.0 at Borgata Sports - 1 Unit

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