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Wales vs Ireland Predictions & Tips - Ireland backed to put Wales to the sword
- Wales vs Ireland predictions for Sunday’s Six Nations match
- Match is being played at 15:00 GMT at Principality Stadium
- Ireland have won their last 4 matches against Wales
- I am backing Ireland to cover the -4 handicap at the Principality Stadium against Wales
- Preview, stats, predictions & team news
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Wales vs Ireland Predictions
Wales had a nightmare 2020 and will need drastic improvement to get anything out of this match. Despite being away, I'm backing Ireland to cover what looks like a very generous -4 handicap.
- Wales have lost 4 of their last 6 matches by more than 4 points.
- Ireland have won their last 4 matches against Wales.
- Ireland have covered the -4 handicap in 5 of their last 6 matches against Wales.
- Ireland have won their last 3 matches by 10+ points.
Head to Head
Ireland lead Wales 5-2 over their last seven matches. Ireland won their last match 32-9 in November 2020 at the Aviva Stadium.
Wales had their worst season in recent history in 2020 as they finished fifth in the 2020 Six Nations. Other than a convincing 38-18 victory over Italy, Wales failed to impress in the Autumn Nations Cup.
Prior to their victory over Italy, Wales lost 24-13 at home against England and 32-9 to Ireland. Sandwiched between those results was a 18-0 victory over the lowly Georgia.
Wayne Pivac took over from the legendary Warren Gatland at the end of the 2019 Rugby World Cup. He will not survive another season like 2020 so results will have to improve.
Wales Injuries & Team News
Star centre, Jonathan Davies is missing through injury so George North will start in midfield. Johnny Williams will partner the veteran Welsh player.
Pivac has named Hallam Amos on the wing with Josh Adams and Liam Williams serving a suspension. Leigh Halfpenny gets another run at fullback.
Ireland were solid in the 2020 Six Nations without being particularly spectacular. They ended third behind England and France, and ahead of Scotland on points difference.
During the Autumn Nations Cup, Ireland beat Wales 32-9, lost 18-7 to England, beat Georgia 23-10 and won 31-16 against Scotland.
With so many of Ireland’s top players reaching the end of their career, they will need to start giving some youngsters a chance. That may not happen this season with the British & Irish Lions tour to South Africa later this year.
Ireland Injuries & Team News
Veteran flyhalf, Jonny Sexton has been passed fit to play but Andy Farrell will be without Caelan Doris and Quin Roux.
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