It will be incredibly difficult for Scotland v New Zealand to live up to the Autumn International tourists’ oh-so-narrow 24-21 over England, especially considering the hosts’ terrible record against their next opponents.
The advice for thistle-sporting fans is to get some decent bets on, stick on the box and try to enjoy them coming up.
Here are our three bankers for the Edinburgh clash.
New Zealand -21 points to win @ 10/11
The All-Blacks have cleared this fence in each of their last four fixtures against Scotland, all of which have been at Murrayfield, with the past three coming during an Autumn Internationals series.
Vern Cotter’s men may seem in particularly fine fettle after overcoming Argentina 41-31 last weekend, but Scotland were on a three-game winning run immediately prior to their last New Zealand drubbing two years ago, beating Australia 9-6 away during that mini-streak.
Furthermore, the last time Scotland saw off Argentina before taking on the All-Blacks, back in 2010, they went on to lose 49-3.
New Zealand to win by 26-30 points @ 6/1
The tourists have kept the winning margin within these parameters twice in their last three trips to Scotland, including on their last visit, when the world champions cruised to a 29-point victory.
Although both 41-45 and 46-50-point All-Blacks winning margins appeal at 14/1 and 22/1 respectively, as they’ve managed as much in their other two Murrayfield matches since 2007, expect Cotter’s crowd to keep it relatively respectable.
Julian Savea to score a try (Check prices)
The 24-year-old Hurricanes winger has gone over a whopping 29 times in 30 Tests for his country, including two at Murrayfield two years ago.
Savea failed to touch down at Twickenham during New Zealand’s fascinating victory over England, but he bagged a brace in Steven Hansen’s side’s 74-6 stroll against the USA seven days earlier, so the man they call ‘The Bus’ is clearly still running on diesel.
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