Australia vs Scotland Test Preview

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The Rugby Union world is dominated by discussion about the series between the All Blacks and the British & Irish Lions, but Australia will still be in action this Saturday afternoon against Scotland.

Scotland are represented in the British & Irish Lions squad, but they will still go into this clash with the Wallabies with close to a full-strength side, which has troubled Australia in the past.

Can Scotland record another upset win over Australia or will the Wallabies justify their position as favourites? We have analysed both sides to come up with the best betting plays for this interesting clash.

Australia Vs Scotland

Saturday 17 June, 3:00pm, Allianz Stadium

Recent Meetings

The recent history between Australia and Scotland is packed full of close and surprisingly entertaining contests.

Scotland beat Australia for the first time since 1982 when they upset the Wallabies at Murrayfield in 2009 and they proved that win was no fluke when they beat the Aussies again at Newcastle in 2012.

Australia ended their losing streak with a six-point win over Scotland at Murrayfield in 2013 before they played out an absolute epic in the 2015 Rugby World Cup quarter-finals, which Australia won by one point thanks to a Bernard Foley penalty goal.

It was another very tight affair when they met at Murrayfield at the end of last year, with Australia recording another one point win.

Analysis

Scotland may not be heavily represented in the British & Irish Lions squad, but their form in 2017 has actually been fairly strong.

They beat Ireland, Wales and Italy during the Six Nations earlier this year and they were only narrowly denied by France at Stade de France.

Australia were not particularly impressive against Fiji last weekend and there is no doubt that Scotland will be a much stiffer opposition.

Scotland have improved significantly with the ball in hand in the past 12 months and their forward pack is a very tough one that are more than capable of dominating possession as they did against Italy in Singapore last weekend.

Australia may have beaten Fiji last weekend, but it was actually Fiji that dominated both possession and time in opponent’s half, which is a big worry going into a clash with a significantly stronger forward pack.

The Wallabies have not beaten Scotland by more than 12.5 points since 2006 and this is one of the strongest Scottish sides that they have played in recent years.

Scotland are a legitimate chance of winning this Test Match and they are a great bet to cover the line of 12.5 points.

Scotland To Beat The Line (+12.5 Points)

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