Ireland v Italy Prediction, Odds & Betting Tips - Rugby Summer Nations

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TournamentSummer Internationals 2023
Timetable8.00 PM - 5 Aug 2023
PredictionIreland to Win!
OddsIreland to Win @ 1.02
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Match prediction 5 of 18 of our Summer Internationals 2023 betting series.

Steven's prediction accuracy 2023: ✔️ 94.12%.

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Another fixture for week two of the Summer Internationals is Ireland v Italy, which will kick off in Dublin at the Aviva Stadium at 8 p.m. on the 5th August. This will be another testing warm-up for the Rugby World Cup for both sides, but there is the question of why the number-one team in the world rankings would take on the minnows of Italy? My thought on that is that the Irish will give a run-out to some of their less experienced players and test their strength of depth.

The official for this match will be Mathieu Raynal of France - a man who knows the dangers on the rugby pitch far too well when he suffered a double fracture of the fibula and tibia when caught between two players whilst refereeing Montpellier v Racing Métro.

The two have met each other a total of 35 times, with Ireland winning a whopping 31 tests and Italy having claimed four victories. History suggests an easy win for the home side, but will this be the case? Let's get right into my Ireland v Italy prediction and find out!

💯 Ireland v Italy Betting Odds Summer Internationals

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No prediction of mine would be complete without odds from the best rugby bookmakers. See what's on offer below.

🥇 Ireland v Italy: Match Winner Odds

The match winner odds for Ireland v Italy are probably what you might expect. Find out what they are in the table below.

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Ireland1.021.01---
Draw51.0042.38-34.50-
Italy13.0012.68-17.10-

➕ Ireland v Italy: Handicap 3-Way Odds

With the home side seeming much the stronger, it shouldn't be a surprise that there are quite a few handicap odds on offer. I've included the biggest markets below.

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Ireland
(0-30)
2.50-2.60--
Ireland
(0-25)
---1.89-
Ireland
(0-24)
1.911.831.83--
Ireland
(0-18)
1.44-1.38--
Draw
(0-30)
23.00-28.00--
Draw
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---17.60-
Draw
(0-24)
19.0026.0926.00--
Draw
(0-18)
23.00-28.00--
Italy
(0-30)
1.50-1.44--
Italy
(0-25)
---1.80-
Italy
(0-24)
1.911.911.90--
Italy
(0-18)
2.63-2.75--

🏮 Ireland v Italy: Asian Handicap Odds

Not a fan of three-way handicap odds? Have a look at the Asian handicap offerings below.

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Ireland
(-30.5)
-2.712.75--
Ireland
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-1.851.851.82-
Ireland
(-18.5)
-1.401.40--
Ireland
(-12.5)
-1.171.18--
Italy
(+30.5)
-1.391.40--
Italy
(+24.5)
-1.821.851.80-
Italy
(+18.5)
-2.672.75--
Italy
(+12.5)
-4.304.50--

💪 Ireland v Italy Both Halves Odds

Think this is going to be a one-sided match? You might be interested in taking a look at odds for both halves.

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Ireland1.221.09---
Italy29.0025.37---

🔍 Ireland v Italy Match Winner Prediction

I like how Italy have developed under Kieran Crowley, and there is no denying that they have come on leaps and bounds under his tenure, but the history books don't lie. Even in the last Ireland v Italy head-to-head, Ireland managed to pull clear, 34-20. On top of that, Italy have already shown they are capable of falling short against lesser teams than the Men in Green: the score in the Scotland v Italy test being 25-13. gli Azzurri will throw the kitchen sink at the Irish, but I think the determining factor of whether this will be close or a run-away will be who Andy Farrell decides to test, player-wise, in this encounter. Either way, I can see Ireland winning by 20 points.

My Ireland v Italy match winner prediction: Ireland to win!

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✔️ Ireland v Italy Betting Tips

1️⃣ Match Winner: Ireland to Win

Some betting sites haven't even bothered giving match winner odds for Ireland v Italy, and the best you can find is Ireland to win at 1.02 at BoyleSports. To put that in context, to make €20 winnings from this bet being successful, you would have to stake €1000. I know that Ireland are the clear favourites, but these odds are laughable for me, so a match winner bet gets a hard pass.

2️⃣ Handicap Winner: Italy to Win (+24.5)

Here's a tip that's a little different to my usual ones: I would say to bet on the opposition team to win with a handicap. Shocker, I know, but because I think Ireland will win by only 20 points, betting on Italy to win (+24.5) at 1.85 at Betway may turn out to be a good option. Compared to potential winnings of €0.02 for every €1.00 staked, €0.85 for every €1.00 may seem much more appealing. Be careful, however! If Ireland really do give Italy a drubbing and go on to win by 25 points or more, you can kiss goodbye to your bet, so please be sensible about what you are willing to bet and potentially lose.

3️⃣ Both Halves: Ireland to Win Both Halves

I feel Ireland are going to smash this game, so I might be interested in taking a punt on Ireland to win both halves at 1.22 at BoyleSports. The odds are quite short for a match that could end up having most of the drama in the second half, however, so I am not sure how eager I would be to have a go on this market. This one is up to you as to whether you see any potential value.

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📰 Team News for Ireland v Italy

To find out the news for both squads ahead of this Ireland v Italy test, check out each team's Twitter feed below.

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📺 Previous Ireland v Italy Highlights

Have a look at highlights from both team's last encounter in the video below. You can also read my Italy v Ireland prediction from my Six Nations betting analysis.

⚡ Summer Internationals Ireland v Italy Prediction Overview

1️⃣ When is kick-off for Ireland v Italy?

Kick-off for Ireland v Italy will be 8.00 p.m. GMT on Saturday 5th August 2023.


2️⃣ Where will Ireland v Italy be played?

Ireland will play at home at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin.


3️⃣ Who will win Ireland v Italy?

I think that Ireland will win this Summer Internationals test.


4️⃣ What are some Ireland v Italy betting tips?

Based on my own analysis, I would offer the following betting tips for Ireland v Italy:

  1. Match winner bet: Ireland to win at 1.02 at BoyleSports.
  2. Asian handicap bet: Italy to win (+24.5) at 1.85 at Betway.
  3. Double chance bet: Ireland to win both halves at 1.22 at BoyleSports.

5️⃣ Are there any Ireland v Italy free bets?

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Ireland to Win!

✒️ Steven Brown - International Sports Writer and Tipster

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This Ireland v Italy prediction was written by Steven Brown.

Steven is an internationally revered rugby coach and sports writer. His insight with his predictions comes from his rugby coaching qualifications, successes coaching youth and men's teams in both hemispheres, and from analytical research into world rugby.