The first Sunday of this year’s Rugby World Cup brought predicted victories for Wales, Samoa and New Zealand and a week later successes for Scotland, Ireland and Australia look even easier for those considering a win treble.
However, the price for such a wager is hardly going to break the bank, so allow Ladbrokes News to seek out some better value from Sunday’s three matches to enhance profits further:
Scotland beat Japan by 35 points in their first Pool A match and the general consensus is that the USA represent weaker opposition.
Therefore, the improved price from 5/2 to 7/2 that the Scots triumph by 35 points or more again looks incredible value.
Vern Cotter has made 10 changes, but a similar type performance is expected from Scotland in terms of kicking penalties and playing percentages in the earlier stages to grind down the USA in the hope of running in some tries late on.
Among the other offers for the clash is the upgrade to 8/1 that all of Stuart Hogg, Sean Maitland and Tim Visser go over the try line against the USA.
This will almost certainly be tougher for Ireland than their Pool D opener which they won 50-7 against Canada, given Romania more than matched a depleted France for a half in their first game.
Despite this tougher fixture, Ireland coach Joe Schmidt has decided to ring the changes, which includes Jonny Sexton being completely left out of the matchday squad.
Perhaps most critical is that Uruguay will only get three days’ rest from their defeat to France, while Ireland will have benefited from a full week off since beating Canada.
The enhanced price of 5/4 from 4/6 on both wingers Tommy Bowe and Keith Earls scoring tries looks decent value, alongside the 4/7 that more points are scored in the second period than the first, especially given the Uruguayans are likely to fade after the interval.
Uruguay’s 45-point loss to Wales in their Pool A opener remains the joint heaviest at this year’s Rugby World Cup to date, as the minnows of the tournament have continued to avoid serious thrashings.
Some may see this as another candidate for a one-sided demolition, especially with Australia having something to prove after failing to pick up a bonus point in their opening success over Fiji for not scoring four or more tries.
One of Ladbrokes’ offers for the clash is to enhance the odds from 9/4 to 3/1 that Australia triumph by 75 points or more.
But Aussie coach Michael Cheika is virtually changing his whole starting line-up here and with maulings in short supply so far, the safer money is on the Wallabies’ second string winning comfortably, rather than emphatically.
It is 11/10 that Uruguay triumph if given a 60-point headstart.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.
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