Six Nations: Italy v Scotland Preview

Players attempt to score a try

Italy and Scotland will be looking to end their respective 2018 Six Nations campaigns on a high note when they clash at the Stadio Olimpico on Saturday the 17th of March.



Italy v Scotland
Saturday 17 March
Stadio Olimpico


To Win (80 Mins)
Italy 6/1
Draw 33/1
Scotland 1/14

Handicap
Italy  (+19.5) 9/10
Scotland (-19.5) 9/10


Italy
Life can't be easy being an Italian rugby supporter. Another dour Six Nations campaign looks set to come to end in another defeat with Scotland set to visit the Stadio Olimpico on the final day. And while the 'Scots haven't been the all-conquering force that many predicted, they have produced some scintillating rugby throughout the tournament.

Things won't get any easier for Italian fans as we'll be looking at their sides statistics. The Azzurri have conceded a mammoth 174 points in just five games. They currently have a points differential -109, and the closest they've come to winning a game was when they went down by 17 points to their neighbours, France. 

Scotland
The 'Scots have failed to live up to their billing this season, with Gregor Townsend's men, who were touted as dark horses for this year's title, currently lying fifth on the table. They may be able to put some gloss on their campaign, however, as a bonus point win here could see them move into second should a myriad of results go their way.

I was expecting to see a more experimental Scottish squad take to the field on Saturday than previous incarnations but Townsend has named pretty much his best starting XV.  Impressive youngster Blair Kinghorn will revert back to the bench, which shows just how seriously the Scotland mentor is taking this one.

Verdict: Scotland (-19.5) 9/10
I can see the 'Scots inflicting a heavy defeat upon the Italians, who have been dire yet again.

Written by Darry Worthington for @Hollywoodbets.net

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