Australia v Italy – Rugby International – Predictions & Odds
International Stadio Euganeo – Padua – Italy
17/11/2018 – 300pm local time – (1am AEST)
Broadcast Guide: TV; SBS & Fox Sports
History is on the Wallabies side as the team prepares to take on one of Europe’s most improved teams, Italy, in Padua in the north of European nation.
The Wallabies have one each of the last 5 contests between the two teams dating back to 2010. However as evidenced by last year’s 40-27 win at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, and the 22-19 win in Florence in 2012, there is less between the two teams than most people imagine.
Boasting a pack of monstrous forwards, slick backs and a good kicking game, Italy have the game to go with the Wallabies for long periods of Saturday’s match.
Whilst we’re not going as far to say that you should tip Italy to win, expect the game to be close-ish.
Australia’s defence has been superb of late, but their attack has been toothless.
There has been a theory that Wallabies coach Micheal Cheika would rest some of his top-flight players for the Italy clash after a long season, opening-the-door for debuts for Jake Gordon and Jordan Petaia and bringing back the returning veteran Adam Ashley-Cooper.
However, the loss to Wales makes the Italy match more important in the bigger picture, adding some headaches for coaching-staff in the team selections.
If you believe the Aussie attack will come good and they will score plenty of points;
Best Bet & Prediction – Despite Italy’s great win over Georgia, 28-17, last week and the Aussies being pipped by Wales, 9-6, we believe the Wallabies will have the class to win in Padua.
According to the bookmaker Sportingbet Italy will win 8.50; a draw will be 34.00; Australia will win 1.06.
According to the betting site Playabet Italy will win 7.50; a draw will be 39.0; Australia will win 0.06.
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