This week’s predictions

Date published: October 9 2015

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It is that time of the week when we put our heads on the chopping block with Planet Rugby's predictions.

The final weekend of the RWC pools is of course the focus so without further ado, let us see what rugby betting odds Paddy Power have for us.

Rugby World Cup

Australia v Wales

What a game we have in store at Twickenham as Pool A comes down to this 80 minutes. Australia are the 4/11 favourites with Wales priced at 5/2. The 1-5 point margin is priced at 9/2 and 13/2 respectively.

Israel Folau being declared fit is a massive boost for the Wallabies and him to open the try-scoring is 10/1. Wales wing Liam Williams is 14/1 or if you think George North will thrive at centre, he is 11/1.

We think Australia will get the win so the 1-12 point win margin at 6/4 looks good while we also like more than 3.5 tries in what will be an entertaining game. That is 5/4 with Paddy Power.

Saturday's other games

Samoa will be desperate to up their game for their World Cup goodbye but it might not be enough to beat the 12-point handicap against Scotland. However, the Islanders might become loose as they look to finish by wowing the crowd so over 4.5 tries in the game looks likely, priced at 8/1.

The England versus Uruguay game should be a procession as expect the South Americans to be out on their feet after admirable performances in tough games. Anthony Watson is 8/13 to score 2 or more tries which we would back and we might be tempted for Danny Care to do the same at 8/5.

France v Ireland

Sunday is all about the big Pool D decider between France and Ireland in Cardiff, with Joe Schmidt's men the 8/11 favourites to France's 13/10.

We think Ireland winning by a margin of 6-10 points is tempting at 9/2 and are looking to Tommy Bowe to strike first when it comes to the game's first try, with the veteran priced at 11/1. He's joined on those odds by Noa Nakaitaci and Brice Dulin, while Louis Picamoles – who will win his 50th cap on Sunday – is 14/1 and 4/1 anytime.

Paul O'Connell is 14/1 to score anytime while France's mobile loosehead Eddy Ben Arous shouldn't be ruled at 22/1 anytime to score either.

Matches between these two sides have been tight during the reign of Philippe Saint-André and so the double result, with France leading at half-time before Ireland win, holds some value at 11/2.

A French try (7/1) or Irish try (6/1) as the first score of the game should be considered too, but this contest might all come to penalties. We're backing Ireland to just about edge a close battle and therefore avoid the All Blacks in the quarter-finals, winning by three points.

Sunday's other games

Elsewhere on Sunday, Japan might be going for a quarter-final place if Scotland are beaten by Samoa the day before.

Given how well they've played in the World Cup, a win by 11-15 points at 5/1 or 16-20 points at 6/1 both look good value.

Argentina are understandably big favourites to see off Namibia, with a winning margin of 41-45 points worth considering at 7/1.

With lethal winger Juan Imhoff on the bench, Horacio Agulla is 11/2 to score the first try and only 4/1 to score a hat-trick, but he could run riot in this fixture.

Finally, knocked out Italy will face Romania but aren't overwhelming favourites at 1/7. Look out for the impressive Leonardo Sarto however as a first try scorer at 10/1.

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