Wales vs Ireland Prediction – Six Nations 2023: Who Will Win?

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Tournament2023 Six Nations
TimetableSat 4th of February at 14:15
PredictionIreland to win
Odds1.52 (Bet £‎100 and Receive £‎152 If Ireland Win)
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February will be soon upon us, which means only one thing for rugby fans, a new edition of the Six Nations, one of the best and most anticipated competitions in the rugby world. If you happen to be new to the world of rugby union, then the Six Nations is a tournament that sees Ireland, France, England, Wales, Scotland, and Italy contest for the right to be called the best rugby team in the northern hemisphere. This match will be played on the 4th of February at 14:15 GMT and you will be able to find markets and odds for it on all of the top betting sites. Keep on reading to find out our prediction for this opening game of the 2023 6 Nations.

💯 Wales vs Ireland Betting Odds

When it comes to rugby betting, there will always be plenty of different odds on offer due to the popularity of the sport. Below we will provide you with the odds that some of the world's top sports betting sites are offering for each team to win this match.

⚡ Best Match Winner Odds

Wales to Win2.603.003.353.002.85
Ireland to Win1.521.441.39>1.441.30

🌏 Rugby World Rankings

3New Zealand88.98
4South Africa88.97

🏆 Six Nations 2023 Standings

TeamPlayedWonDrawnLostPoints ForPoints AgainstPoints DifferenceBonus PointsPoints

🏠 Overview of Wales

Saying that Wales had a really poor 2022 is no understatement at all. Across 2022, they played in 12 test matches and ended up just winning three games, with defeats to the likes of Italy and Georgia. While these two teams are improving all of the time, nobody expected them to beat a Welsh team that has had quite a bit of success in the last ten years or so. Their poor year led to the sacking of Wayne Pivac, and Warren Gatland, who won the Grand Slam with Wales in 2008, 2012, and 2019 returned to the helm. Whether it was the right move to re-hire Gatland is something that we are looking forward to seeing.

In the 2022 6 Nations, Wales finished second from last, which is not what a lot of rugby fans would have put their hard-earned money on since they were trying to retain the title, having won it in 2021. Their first match in 2022 was against Ireland, and the Irish went on to claim a very comfortable 29-7 win. They then managed to beat Scotland by three points, but defeats to France, Italy, and England saw them pick up only one win from five matches.

In July, Wales flew to South Africa to play the Springboks in a three-game series, looking to try and pick up their first ever victory in South Africa. The first match was won by South Africa 32-29, but then Wales made the history books by winning 13-12 in the second test. The third test, to Wales' disappointment was not much of a contest, with South Africa winning 30-14 to claim the series.

This meant that from eight games, Wales headed into their 2022 Autumn campaign with just two wins and desperate to try and restore a sense of pride. They were destroyed 55-23 in their first match against New Zealand, but they did then pick up a win against the Pumas, who had snuck past England the week before. Their third game of the campaign was against Georgia, and most would have had their money on a comfortable Wales win, but Georgia put in a strong performance and shocked the rugby world. Then, to put the cherry on top of a disappointing year, they managed to throw away a 21-point lead against the Aussies to lose their last match 39-34.

With Gatland in charge again, we do not see Wales being as bad as they were last year, and we are looking forward to seeing how they perform for him in this opening game against Ireland. The weather forecast is set fair so it should be a good afternoon for some free-flowing rugby - if it does look like it will rain, it is likely that the roof will be shut anyway, so we should get a good spectacle no matter what.

⭐ Wales Star Players to Watch

Rugby is a major sport in Wales, so it is never surprising when they manage to unearth a gem of a player. Over the years they have produced some really good players, and their squad for the 2023 Six Nations is definitely not devoid of talent either. Below is a table of some Wales players that you should keep an eye out for when they are playing at this year's 6 Nations:

PlayerPositionCapsPoints ScoredStar Qualities
Taulupe FaletauNumber 8 or Flanker9550Quick for his size, intelligent player, very good at the breakdown
Jac MorganFlanker520Strong, quick, and has an eye for a try
George NorthWinger109215Very agile, hard to tackle, and a natural scorer

✈️ Overview of Ireland

While the Welsh had a year that they would love to delete from the history books, the Irish had one of their best years for a long time. In 2022, they took part in 11 test games, and only lost twice. Their performances in 2022 were so good that they are now the number on rugby team in the world.

During the 2022 6 Nations, they started their campaign against Wales and picked up all the points with a 29-7 win at the Aviva Stadium. Their second game of the tournament was against France, but they ended up losing by six points. However, they quickly put this defeat behind them, and beat England, Italy, and Scotland to finish second, losing out on the title to France, who won the Grand Slam.

In July, they had to take on one of the most difficult challenges in the rugby world - beat the All Blacks in their own back yard. To give you an idea as to hard a challenge it is, the last team that managed such a feat was France in 1994. The first game of the series was not much of a contest as the All Blacks picked up a 42-19 win. Andy Farrell and his men are not easily phased, and they put in a solid performance in the second test to win 23-12, and then won the series courtesy of a 32-22 win. In doing so, they became only the fifth team to win a rugby series in New Zealand.

With this historic win under their belt, they entered their 2022 Autumn campaign with a lot of confidence, and despite the fact that they did not play to the best of their ability at times, they still picked up wins against South Africa, Fiji, and Australia to make it a great year for Irish rugby. If they carry their form into 2023 and Gatland gets his Welsh team firing on all cylinders, then we are certainly going to have a brilliant match.

⭐ Ireland Star Players to Watch

The Irish, just like the Welsh, have always produced some top rugby players, and their current squad of players is probably one of the best that they have had. Below we have given you tree Irish players that we recommend you watch closely at the 2023 Six Nations.

PlayerPositionCapsPoints ScoredStar Qualities
Robbie HenshawCentre6145Quick, top defensive skills, and a carrying machine
Johnny SextonFlyhalf1091015Great passing and kicking skills and a never-say-die attitude
Josh van der FlierFlanker4545Pacey, strong, and really good at the breakdown

🥇 Who Will Win? Wales vs Ireland Prediction

So, if you are going to bet on this match, who would we recommend that you put your money on? Well, it is always a good option to put your money on the team that is in form, and the Irish, if 2022 is anything to go by, are way ahead when it comes to form. While we do believe that Gatland will get Wales playing a better brand of rugby than what Pivac managed, we do not think that it will be enough to beat an Irish team that has a lot of confidence. We think that Ireland will go on to win the match by at least ten points.

Our match prediction: Ireland to win.

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