Scotland vs Ireland Prediction and Odds: Six Nations

It’s another top of the table clash in the 2023 Six Nations as third placed Scotland welcome top of the table Ireland to Murrayfield on Sunday afternoon. A win for the visitors will put them within touching distance of the Grand Slam whereas a home victory will see three teams on 15 points heading into the final round of fixtures in this campaign.

Scotland were on track for a Grand Slam of their own after wins at Twickenham over England and at home against Wales, but were defeated 35-21 by France in Paris in Round 3. They have a poor record against Ireland over the last decade but have not been playing as good rugby as they have been this year in season’s gone by.

Ireland have been very consistent, producing strong performances across all three of their matches so far. They have passed 30 points in each game and have strength in depth across the forward line and back line.

These odds from Ladbrokes were correct at the time of writing.

Scotland vs Ireland – Match Prediction

Let’s take a closer look at our two recommended bets for Scotland vs Ireland below.

Ireland to Score 1st, Lead at Half-Time and Win the Match @ 13/8 (2.63)

Ireland have scored a try inside the first three minutes in two of their three games (vs Wales and vs Italy) whereas they only had to wait until the eighth minute to register against France! They have been dominant from the first whistle and, although we expect Scotland to come out of the traps on Sunday, we predict that Ireland will get ahead and never look back in this match.

Hugo Keenan Anytime Tryscorer @ 11/4 (2.10)

The 26 year old, who is equally comfortable at full-back or on the wing, has scored a try in each of the last two games. He is a regular point scorer for his club side Leinster and is one of the fastest players in world rugby. We think that these odds are generous and worth jumping on ahead of this Six Nations tie.

Scotland vs Ireland Preview

Neither team is lining up in the same way that they did in Round 3 so let’s zoom in on who will be taking the field for Scotland and Ireland.

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After losing in Paris two weeks ago, Scotland make two changes to their XV ahead of this must-win match. Johnny Gray and Jack Dempsey come into the team with Hamish Watson deemed surplus to requirements and Grant Gilchrist suspended.

Scotland XV: 15 Stuart Hogg, 14 Kyle Steyn, 13 Huw Jones, 12 Sione Tuipulotu, 11 Duhan van der Merwe, 10 Finn Russell, 9 Ben White, 1 Pierre Schoeman, 2 George Turner, 3 Zander Fagerson, 4 Richie Gray, 5 Johnny Gray, 6 Matt Fagerson, 7 Jamie Ritchie, 8 Jack Dempsey


Winning three games from three has not stopped coach Andy Farrell making six changes ahead of this match. Stuart McCloskey, Ross Byrne, Craig Casey, Ronan Kelleher, Finaly Bealham and Jack Conan all miss out as Ireland look to take one more big step towards a Grand Slam in the 2023 Six Nations.

Ireland XV: 15 Hugo Keenan, 14 Mack Hansen, 13 Garry Ringrose, 12 Bundee Aki, 11 James Lowe, 10 Johnny Sexton (c), 9 Connor Murray, 1 Andrew Porter, 2 Dan Sheehan, 3 Tadhg Furlong, 4 Iain Henderson, 5 James Ryan, 6 Peter O’Mahony, 7 Josh can der Flier, 8 Caelon Doris

Scotland vs Ireland Head to Head

Ireland have an excellent recent record over Scotland. They have won the last seven clashes and 11 of the last 12 meetings between the sides. Overall, Ireland lead the head to head 68-66 with Scotland’s last win coming at Murrayfield in the 2017 Six Nations.

Scotland vs Ireland Match Details

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