Italy vs Canada Prediction & Betting Odds - Rugby World Cup 2019 Tips
Italy and Canada meet at the Level5 Stadium in Fukuoka City in Pool B of the Rugby World Cup 2019 on Thursday afternoon (local time).
Italy, ranked 14th in the world rankings, started their campaign on Sunday with a 47-22 bonus-point win over Namibia 47-22 at the Hanazono Rugby Stadium, Higashiosaka in Osaka.
The Namibian part-timers are the lowest ranked team at the tournament at 23, yet they gave the Azzurri a scare by scoring the opening try of the game. The Italians didn’t take the lead until the 25th minute, but then ran out convincing winners over the Welwitschia.
The Canucks are only ranked one place higher than Namibia and in a group that also includes the Rugby World Cup betting favourites in New Zealand and South Africa, their expectations have to be fairly modest.
Canada know they can beat Namibia, but a win against Italy isn’t totally out of the question either. If they could achieve wins against both, they would qualify automatically for the 2023 Rugby World Cup.
Canada are experienced Rugby World Cup campaigners, having lost 29-13 to New Zealand in the 1991 quarterfinals. However, in 16 games at the finals since, their only two wins have come against Tonga.
The Canucks have beaten Italy twice in nine attempts, but their recent results have been poor prior to this tournament, with just two wins in 11 games in 2019.
Italy vs Canada Betting Lines & Tips
In terms of Rugby World Cup 2019 betting tips, the Italians should win this, but Canada could have enough enthusiasm and spirit to run them close.
Canada can make this difficult for Italy, so the tip is Canada on the Handicap +20.5 at -122 (1.82) with 888Sport.
Rugby World Cup 2019 Tips: Handicap – Canada + 20.5 @ -122 (1.82) with 888Sport