Playing for pride.
In the only game of the weekend that does not feature a side still in contention for the title, double champions Wales will be looking to restore pride after a second poor showing of the campaign last time out. Scotland, meanwhile, will still be smarting from their heartbreaking defeat to France.
Wales’ bid for three championships in a row has fallen well short and the only convincing performance they have put in to date came in round three against a lacklustre France at the Millennium Stadium.
Scotland’s topsy-turvy season can be best summed up by the concluding minutes of their last two matches; clinching a dramatic win in the last minute of the former and blowing it in the final moments of the latter. Having said that, there are sure signs of progress, especially as the Scots finally ended a run of more than four-and-a-half hours without a try at home when dotting down twice against France.
However, a glance at the match trends for this particular fixture suggests the omens are not good for Scott Johnson’s charges. Having won their last away game in Italy, Scotland have not won successive away games in the Championship since 1996, while they have won just one of their last 11 encounters with the Welsh. In addition, they have not won on Welsh soil since 2002.
Wales impressed in their last home outing against a disjointed France and will be hoping to tap into the passion of the Millennium Stadium crowd for a repeat performance. A home win would give Warren Gatland’s side a chance of a respectable top-three finish.
As post-Lions fatigue sets in, the hosts may not be at their very best but should still have enough on their home patch. Scotland will push them hard and look good value on the handicap (+10.5) betting at 13/10.
The match kicks off Tomorrow at 2.45pm – here’s our Wales V Scotland betting market.