Italy To Push Wales Close During The First Half In Rome

The opening weekend of the 2017 Six Nations concludes with Italy's clash against Wales on Sunday afternoon and we are backing the Azzurri to push their opponents close, for the first half at least, when they meet at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome...

  • Italy last beat Wales in the Six Nations in 2007
  • Wales have won 10 matches in a row against Italy
  • George North has scored 5 tries in his last 3 appearances against Italy

Sunday 5th February - 2.00pm OddsWon/LostBet
Italy v Wales    
Tips Italy to cover +6 points in the first half    Best Bet @ 1 / 1  

Italy Stats | Wales Stats

Recent Woes

Italy still have much to prove in this tournament as they are again favourites for the wooden spoon after going through the 2016 edition without winning a single match. There is renewed hope since Conor O'Shea was appointed as Head Coach and they have won three of his six matches in charge, including a stunning success against South Africa in Rome in November

The Azzurri then slumped to defeat to Tonga in their last match though and O'Shea will be hoping that his side can make an impression in what will be his first Six Nations fixture.

The Italians are 5/1 underdogs for Sunday (Betfred) and it doesn't bode well that they have won just two Italy v Wales fixtures in this tournament, losing the past ten in a row.

The Welsh thumped Italy 67-14 in Cardiff last year which means they have now won their past two meetings by an aggregate scoreline of 128-34!
Match Odds:

A Tight First Half

However, this Wales side are far from convincing as Rob Howley is still in temporary charge while Warren Gatland takes his sabbatical in preparation for the British and Irish Lions tour later this year and Howley may have won three of his four matches in charge since September but he still has plenty to prove.

Howley has installed Alan Wyn Jones as his new captain but he must do without the injured Taulupe Faletau on Sunday and we fancy Wales to struggle early on in Italy, where both of their two previous Six Nations defeats at the hands of the Azzurri occurred.

The Italians will be keen to come out of the traps quickly on home soil and we are backing them to cover +6 points in the first-half (Evens with Betfred.com). It is a bet that has paid out in five of their six matches under O'Shea, as well as in both of their two previous meetings with Wales in Rome.

North To Strike

Wales's quality should ultimately see them secure victory though and George North will be relishing the chance to take on Italy again. North has scored five tries in his past three appearances in this fixture and he is 8/1 to be first tryscorer (Ladbrokes).
First Tryscorer Odds:

Posted: Friday, 3rd February 2017
Author: Chris Knight

Archive - Previous 5 Rugby-union Articles

England V France Six Nations Betting Preview England To Make It 15 Wins In A Row With Victory Over France
England V France Six Nations Betting Preview
3rd Feb
Scotland V Ireland Six Nations Betting Preview Ireland To Secure A Narrow Win Over Scotland At Murrayfield
Scotland V Ireland Six Nations Betting Preview
3rd Feb
2017 Six Nations Betting Preview Ireland Tipped To Pip England To The Six Nations Crown
2017 Six Nations Betting Preview
1st Feb
Autumn Internationals Treble Pays 4/1 England v South Africa Headlines Our Best Bets Treble For Saturdays Autumn Internationals
Autumn Internationals Treble Pays 4/1
11th Nov
Guinness Pro 12 Season Betting Preview Glasgow Warriors Tipped To Battle Their Way To The 2017 Guinness Pro 12 Title
Guinness Pro 12 Season Betting Preview
31st Aug

Headline News

Dual 1000 Guineas Heroine To Outclass Rivals In Group 1 Contest Winter to storm to Coronation Stakes glory at Royal Ascot
Dual 1000 Guineas Heroine To Outclass Rivals In Group 1 Contest
Harry Angel And Blue Point Add Depth To Group 1 Classy Caravaggio To Scorch His Way To Commonwealth Cup Glory
Harry Angel And Blue Point Add Depth To Group 1
Football Treble Pays 3/1 A Home Win For Rosenborg Headlines This Weekends Bankers Treble
Football Treble Pays 3/1
BTTS Treble Pays 7/2 Atlanta v Colorado To Get The Both Teams To Score Treble Off To A Flying Start
BTTS Treble Pays 7/2
2017 Azerbaijan Grand Prix Betting Preview The Force is with India in Azerbaijan
2017 Azerbaijan Grand Prix Betting Preview

Bookmaker Offers

  • Deposit between £10 and £200
  • Bet365 will match this with a signup bonus to the same amount
  • Register at Bet365 for full terms

Open Account - £200 Signup Bonus

  • Deposit and place a initial bet of £10
  • Paddy Power will give you £30 in free bets
  • Visit Paddy Power for full details.

Open Account - £30 Free Bet

  • Deposit and place a initial bet of £10
  • Coral will provide you with £30 in free bets
  • Visit Coral for full details

Open Account - £30 Free Bet

  • Enter the Promo Code F50 as you register
  • Place an initial bet of £10 or more
  • Ladbrokes will provide you a free bet of up to £50
  • Bet £50 and get £50 in free bets

Open Account - £50 Free Bet

  • Deposit and place a initial bet of £10
  • BetVictor will provide you with a £40 in bonus funds
  • In addition to this BetVictor will also provide you with a £10 casino bonus

Open Account - £40 Free Bet

  • Deposit and place an initial bet of £5
  • Skybet will provide you with £20 in free bets

Open Account - £20 Free Bet

  • Deposit and place a initial bet of £10
  • Betfred will provide you with a £30 free bet that can be used on any sport
  • You also get a £30 free casino bonus

Open Account - £60 Free Bet

  • Enter the Promo Code C30 as you register a new account
  • Place an initial bet of £10
  • William Hill will give you three £10 free bets

Open Account - £30 Free Bet

  • Deposit and place a initial bet of £20
  • Betfair will provide you with £20 free bet
  • Visit Betfair for full details

Open Account - £20 Free Bet

Online Casino

Online Casino Blackjack and Roulette Games

Those looking for some online casino entertainment ought to check out all the latest UK Casino Sign Up offers from the top operators including 32Red and many of the sports betting casinos.

There is excellent information, should you be interested in playing online blackjack, roulette, the best progressives or slots - Online Casino Betting with the best introductory offers

Sports Calendar - Betting Fixtures