England and Wales Unmoved as Ireland Drift in World Cup Odds

England and Wales Unmoved as Ireland Drift in World Cup Odds
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England and Wales have retained their respective odds of 4/1 and 8/1 to win the Rugby World Cup now that the quarter-final draw has been finalised.

Both are expected to come through their ties, with third favourites England rated 1/3 to beat old foes Australia in Oita Stadium on Saturday, while Wales are a best price of 4/9 to take care of France in the same ground on Sunday.

For Ireland, though, the situation has become bleaker as Japan’s thrilling 28-21 win over Scotland saw Joe Schmidt’s men finish second in Pool A, thereby setting up a quarter-final date with 5/4 tournament favourites New Zealand.

Although Schmidt has overseen two wins from Ireland’s last three cracks at the All Blacks – who they had never beaten before 2016 – their indifferent form in 2019 has seen some rugby bookmakers slap a 4/1 price on them repeating such feats on the biggest stage of all.

That makes New Zealand a best price of 2/9 to advance to the last four, with the winner of England vs Australia awaiting either the All Blacks or Ireland, should the Irish upset the odds to reach the last four for the first time.

Being drawn to face three-time World Cup winners New Zealand has forced Ireland’s outright odds out from 14/1 to 20/1 with Unibet.

Rugby World Cup 2019 Odds

New Zealand5/4
South Africa7/2

Meanwhile, England’s outright odds are unmoved at 4/1 as their collision course with the tournament favourites remains on track.

After an ambiguous weekend of cancelled matches due to Typhoon Hagibis and an upset win for hosts Japan over Scotland, England finally had confirmation of their quarter-final opponents on Sunday.

A repeat of the 2003 final which was won by England, 2015 finalists Australia are perceived to be at a bit of a low ebb heading into the knock-out stages of the tournament, with Wales proving too tough for them in their Pool D encounter last month.

That perception is reflective in the outright betting, with the Wallabies drifting out to 25/1 in the market. Only France (33/1) and Japan (40/1) – the first Asian team to reach the knockout stages of the tournament – have longer odds.

Wales ensured they avoided England for now by beating Uruguay in their final pool game on Sunday, and with familiar opponents France now awaiting them on Sunday, they’re expected to run in to the winners of South Africa against Japan in the semi-final.

Despite famously beating the Springboks in Brighton four years ago, Japan have been given a huge price of 5/1 to repeat history and set up what would have previously been an unthinkable semi-final spot.

South Africa, the tournament’s second favourites at 7/2, are on an upward curve and are quoted as short as 1/8 to end the Brave Blossoms’ rampant run in Tokyo this Sunday.