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Bookies Have Their Say Over Rugby World Cup Odds

October 17, 2019

- Grant Whittington

The oddsmakers of the sports world are in agreement about where England and Wales rank on the Rugby World Cup odds scale, now that the quarterfinal teams have been confirmed. Bookies have confirmed that England retains the 4/1 odds assignment and Wales remains on level 8/1 for the probability of an overall win.

Ireland has however not come away quite as handsomely with bookies now having downgraded the big luck to 5/4 following the gruelling stand-off between Scotland and Japan, which of course saw the host country stick it to the scots-men 28-21. The quarter final odds date is obviously in view of the “person” on the other side of the potentially bind-date table being none other than the All Blacks (New Zealand).

Blind Luck Or Skilled Upset?

Its also true that Joe Schmidt’s men did manage to stick it to New Zealand in a 2 out of 3 cracks stunt in the not-too-distant past. But then again, New Zealand is New Zealand and very much a dark and unpredictable stallion in the worst possible way. This, coupled with the fact that bookies have noticed what is referred to as “inconsistent and indifferent play” in camp Ireland, has led operators to downgrade the odds in favour of Ireland performing to the best of their abilities for the remainder of the World Cup tournament.

It all comes down to the odds of a final-game appearance in New Zealand’s favour, and quite significantly so at the latest ratio of 2/9. If the Irish were to reach the final and a standoff against the All Blacks, then Ireland will have good and proper upset all odds. On the other hand (there’s always another hand, after all!), the fact that Ireland now has more than a snowball’s chance in hell to actually reach a final appearance and will in all likelihood then be facing off against New Zealand has caused quite the odds stir in some circles. Unibet, for example, has pushed the needle all the way into the red at 20/1 – as opposed to the earlier 14/1 odds ratio.

Where Is Australia Hiding Out?

The Wallabies have also drifted somewhat to the side of the odds river of doom, having now been demoted to a severely unlikeable 25/1. The fact that Wales pipped the 2015 semi-finalists to the post last month did not do the Aussies any favours. They are now being regarded as neither here nor there.

Typhoon Hagibis has wrecked its fair share of havoc on the bookies too, as the volatility of the storm’s path of destruction last week created quite a bit of uncertainty with regards to whether or not any play would proceed on the weekend. The uncertainty factor threw the entire system into complete disarray, which may or may not serve bettors later on. Especially those who are skilled in the practice of thinking on their feet, or predicting the unpredictable as it were when talking bookie talk.

Japan For the Win?

Japan has done the unthinkable and this deserves due mention. The host country has been awarded the benefit of the doubt in terms of securing a semi-final spot now that they have shown themselves capable of running circles around some of the world’s best players.

When Japan beat South African in Brighton some 4 years ago many considered it a spoof or a stroke of luck. But the recent arrangement of things suggests that the host country may be in it for the determined win yet. Some have even allowed to their minds to wander all the way to the edge of sanity and reason and have predicted Japan for the win.

In the words then of every bookie’s worst nightmare come true: anything can happen.

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