Scotland will be looking to head into their final Six Nations encounter against Wales on October 31 with victory over Georgia on Friday, as they kick off a busy period of Autumn internationals.
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Scotland v Georgia Predictions & Tips (Friday 19:30 BST)
Scotland have a busy period coming up in the next month or so. They go up against Georgia in a friendly at Murrayfield on Friday, before bringing their Six Nations to a close when they travel to face Wales.
After those two matches, they will participate in the Autumn Nations Cup when they will battle against France, Italy and Fiji in Group B.
Edinburgh winger Duhan van der Merwe will make his Scotland debut on Friday, and he will be hoping to make that wing spot his own after qualifying on residency grounds.
Glasgow Warriors prop Oli Kebble will be hoping to get some minutes after being named on the bench for the first time, while number 8 Matt Fagerson is in the starting line-up for the first time in 14 months. The Scots will be led by captain Fraser Brown.
Scotland have won two of their four Six Nations matches this season, they come into this game on the back of stunning 28-17 success over France at Murrayfield with Sean Maitland helping himself to a brace of tries, while substitute Stuart McInally also crossed over.
Georgia have won their last four matches as they lead the way at the top of the 2020 Rugby Europe Championship, having already beaten Romania, Spain, Belgium and Portugal,
The calibre of their opponents might not have been the best, but you can’t deny they in form. The last time they took on a so-called top team was at the 2019 Rugby World Cup when they were turned over 27-8 by Australia.
Georgia might be on an unbeaten run, but in all honesty, they shouldn’t be a match for Scotland. Townsend might not name his first-choice players but some of them will need game time before they take on Wales.
I am backing the Scots to be too strong for Georgia and will run away with it in the end. I expect them to record a victory with a winning margin of over 13 points. Van der Merwe will be hoping to put pressure on Sean Maitland for the wing spot, and I am backing him to cross at any time during the game.