Ireland v Italy Six Nations Predictions & Tips

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The rescheduled Six nations tournament gets back underway at the end of October, who will be crowned champions? Get’s best tips for the upcoming games.

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Six Nations Predictions & Tips: Ireland v Italy (Saturday, October 24 15:00 BST)

Ireland know what they have to do to be crowned 2020 Six Nations Champions – win both their remaining matches with bonus points and then no one can catch them.

Andy Farrell’s men have played just three matches so far during the competition, they are currently fourth on the standings with two wins and one defeat. England and France are joint top with 13 points, but the Irish still have to play the French.

Ireland have to face Italy on October 24, before ending their campaign in Paris. Bonus points victories against the Italians and the French will see them finish top and crowned champions, even if England beat Italy in their last game.

Ireland’s only defeat in the tournament this season was a round three loss against England as they went down 24-12 at Twickenham back in February.

They will be eager to bounce back from that defeat and take the fate of the championship into the final weekend of the campaign.

They take on an Italy side who are bottom of the league standing with zero points, having already lost to Scotland, France and Wales.

Gil Azzurri first entered the Six Nations back in 2000 and they have collected the Wooden Spoon a staggering 14 times during that time, they have finished bottom four years in succession and they will need more than a miracle to ensure it doesn’t reach five.

Farrell is a born winner, and he will have his Irish boys prepped and ready for war in their final two matches. I had the privilege of watching Farrell in his rugby league heyday on a weekly basis, this guy hates to lose and he also hates to be under prepared, He will have drummed it into his players not to take anyone lightly, but he will have also instilled into them of how good they can be and will encourage them to go off script in order to collect the bonus point win.

They will need to score four tries to ensure the bonus point, and I cannot see the Italians troubling them at all. I am backing Ireland to win this one by 11-20 points, while the opening score of the game will be an Irish try as they look to secure that bonus point as soon as possible.