Odds: Wales 1/100, Draw 40/1, Italy 16/1
Kick Off: 1500, 11/03/2018
Stadium: Principality Stadium
TV: BBC One
Wales deserve plenty of credit for trying to play running rugby and will look to turn on the style again in front of their own fans when entertaining Italy.
The Azzurri have been caught cold early on in three straight defeats so far, conceding opening tries after three minutes, four minutes and 11 minutes in those losses.
Teams do not feel as though they have to take penalty kicks at goal against such moderate opposition, preferring instead to attempt to cross the whitewash.
That makes 13/10 for the first scoring play to be a home try look a solid option for our Wales vs Italy betting predictions.
A Look At Wales’ Betting Odds
Wales began their Six Nations campaign in a blaze of glory when beating Scotland 34-7 after an early blitz in Cardiff.
Warren Gatland’s side were then unlucky to lose 12-6 away to England when denied a good try by a TMO decision, while they played their part in an entertaining encounter before going down 37-27 in Ireland.
The Dragons have beaten Italy 10 times on the bounce, posting more than 60 points in two of the last three Six Nations meetings.
“What we can’t be is too frightened or scared to go out there and play rugby,” declared assistant coach and forwards specialist Robin McBryde.
“We’ve got to play what we see in front of us and create opportunities in the same way we have been doing.”
Gatland has made 10 changes from the Ireland match, but that does not necessarily mean this will be a weakened line-up.
“The thought for this is there is some real experience coming back into the side, with (British and Irish) Lions becoming available,” commented the head coach.
“You’ve got George North on the wing, Liam Williams goes back to full-back and Justin Tipuric gets a first start in this campaign.
“Then we are able to give some fringe players an opportunity to get a start with some real experience around them.”
The likes of centre Owen Watkin, hooker Elliot Dee and flanker James Davies will all get gilt-edged chances to impress Gatland and underline how squad depth is growing 18 months from the next World Cup.
A Look At Italy’s Betting Odds
Italy will arrive in Cardiff after conceding 136 points and 16 tries during comprehensive losses to England, Ireland and France.
A 34-17 scoreline from their trip to Marseille does not make bad reading, but Les Bleus were guilty of blowing numerous chances to increase their advantage at Stade Velodrome.
The Azzurri could even be forgiven for taking things easy in this match and focusing their efforts on being fresh for the final clash at home to Scotland.
We’re completing our Wales vs Italy betting tips by taking 19/20 for the hosts to lead by more than 14.5 points at half-time.
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