Odds: Italy 7/1, Draw 40/1, Scotland 7/100
Kick Off: 1230, 17/03/2018
Our favourite bet during the current Six Nations campaign has been to back the first scoring play in Italy’s matches to be a try for the opposing team.
That tactic has come up trumps in games against Ireland, England, France and Wales, so it makes sense to go for a Grand Slam when Scotland visit Rome on Saturday.
A Look At Italy’s Betting Odds
Italy have not had much to shout about this term, with a 38-14 defeat in Cardiff condemning them to collecting the wooden spoon for the 13th time since joining the Championship in 2000.
The Azzurri have conceded 23 tries in their four games, but coach Conor O’Shea was in a defiant mood after the Cardiff reversal.
He declared: “We are doing a heck of a lot, we will fight every battle and improve every week.
“If you go around the clubs, see the under-20s beating Wales, and look at the players coming through, we are building a team and we are building a system piece by piece.
“I am not here for me, I am here for Italian rugby. We deserve our place. We are doing everything that is right for Italian rugby – we will get there. Full stop.”
Looking at the Italy vs Scotland odds, if his players show the same fighting spirit this weekend, 4/5 for the hosts with 17.5 points start on the handicap list is tempting.
A Look At Scotland’s Betting Odds
Scotland have secured hard-fought home wins over France and England, but their away-day troubles continued when going down 28-8 in Ireland last weekend.
Townsend has reacted by making five alterations to the side that will kick-off in Rome, with winger Tommy Seymour and centre Nick Grigg coming into the backs.
Up front, hooker Fraser Brown, prop Willem Nel and lock Tim Swinson are all promoted from the bench.
“We’ve been pleased with how the players have responded to last week’s disappointment, with the energy they have brought to training and a determination to improve our performance in our final match,” said the coach.
“Playing Italy will be a very tough game – it always has been for any Scotland side.
“We are ready for the challenge and have an experienced group of players working hard to finish our campaign with a positive performance and result.”
Scotland have had some tough trips to Rome, though, losing here in 2008, 2010 and 2012 and only winning by one point in 2014.
The Dark Blues should be too strong to avoid another defeat this time, but 9/4 they only oblige by 1-12 points is a value pick for our Italy vs Scotland betting tips.
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