Its crunch time in the Rugby World Cup 2019 and the match between South Africa vs Italy is set to be a tasty clash between two teams that need to win. This Pool B fixture pits the Springboks who are coming from a 57-3 hammering of fellow African side Namibia against an Italian side that is high in confidence after winning their opening two games of the tournament. The mouth-watering contest is set to take place on Friday 6 October 2019 at 10:45 CET at the Shizuoka Stadium, Japan. Check out how our trusted expert tipsters see this clash unfolding as we unpack which team is considered favourites to win the tie.
South Africa vs Italy Betting Odds
The Springboks are the overwhelming favourites to win, with the head to head results between the two countries indicating that the Bokke have an edge over the Europeans. The SA rugby team was humbled by the All Blacks in their group opener 23-13. They bounced back against an unfancied Namibian side and will want to maintain their form. The coach made 12 changes from the team that faced New Zealand and the players will be well-rested for the battle. Keyman that will be looking to cement a place in the team is Bongi Mbonambi, who scored twice in his first appearance at the world cup.
The match has a lot of bearings on each team’s progress in the rugby tournament, with a quarter-final berth at stake. The Italian side will look to prove the oddsmakers wrong, with a third-straight victory in the 2019 Rugby World Cup against the Springboks. As it stands, Italy has beaten South Africa once in 14 competitive game matches. They were able to flex their muscles at lowly ranked Canadian side 48-7 at the Fukuoka Hakatanomori Stadium.
Predictions for the Springboks vs Italy Fixture
Italy top the RWC 2019 Pool B standings with 10 points after earning two bonus points in their previous games. They saw off the minows in the group, Namibia and Canada respectively. They will be put to the test against the Springboks. The Bokke will want to avoid further humiliation by failing to qualify for the quarter-finals. The remaining two matches are a must-win for the Springboks who are two-time RWC champions. The top bookmakers are confident that South Africa should not encounter any problems against the Italians. Here’s a list of the top rugby betting odds for South Africa vs Italy match: