In a tournament littered with upsets so far, our Scotland vs Ireland betting tips are ready to go! A spectacular win for Scotland over the West Indies leaves them in prime position to qualify for the Super 12s - victory over Ireland will all but confirm their advance, and send their visitors out of the tournament.
The action gets underway from the Blundstone Arena in Hobart from 9.30 am IST on Wednesday 19th October. Can the Scots seal their spot in the next round? Or will Ireland bounce back after defeat to Zimbabwe?
If you need to refine your online cricket betting strategy, read our match preview below - we can help map your best bets for this crucial Gaelic clash!
A stunning win over the West Indies for the Tartan team and a disappointing defeat for the men in green against Zimbabwe has changed our thinking behind our Scotland vs Ireland betting tips.
Originally, we were eying up an Ireland victory, but the impressive nature in which Scotland destroyed the West Indies and the disappointing nature of the defeat for the side from the Emerald Isle against The Chevrons has changed our mind.
Momentum is a huge factor in cricket, and it’s all with Richie Berrington’s charges! The additional benefit of extra value is another persuasive reason for picking Scotland. You can back them to win at odds of 2.1 here at Pure Win, while Ireland are in at 1.72.
If you want to extend your betting strategy, we have some player-focused cricket predictions for you to sample - starting with the performance of Richie Berrington. Opener George Munsey was the star of the show (66 not out from 53 balls), but skipper Berrington showed what he is capable of with one shot - launching a massive six onto the roof of the Blundstone Arena. He averages 25 against Ireland across 13 matches at a strike rate of 126.58 and boasts a top score of 76. He’s their clutch player and we like the look of him to top score for Scotland at odds of 4.2.
For Ireland, a batting collapse to 22/4 from 3.5 overs left them with zero chance of victory in chasing 175. One of the few players to shine was Curtis Campher - he hit 27 runs from 22 balls to give his side a sniff. He has never played against Scotland, but the South African-born Irishman is a key cog in Ireland’s push for Super 12 qualification.
It was only the third Twenty20 international Scotland have played since last year’s World Cup, and the lack of match practice makes this victory all the more impressive.
Skipper Berrington was understandably thrilled in the aftermath of the victory, telling the press: “It's a special win for us. A lot of hard work has gone in over the last 12 months and we took a lot of belief from our performances over the last year.”
Scotland are likely to remain unchanged for the match, with all squad members coming through the West Indies game unscathed.
George Munsey, Michael Jones, Matthew Cross(wk), Richard Berrington(c), Calum MacLeod, Chris Greaves, Michael Leask, Mark Watt, Josh Davey, Safyaan Sharif, and Brad Wheal
They were never in the game against Zimbabwe, who dominated from start to finish. In hindsight, skipper Andrew Balbinie may have wanted to bat first instead of bowl after winning the toss - the pitch got harder to bat on as the game went on.
There are no new injuries for team management to consider.
Andy Balbirnie (c), Paul Stirling, Lorcan Tucker (wk), Harry Tector, Gareth Delany, George Dockrell, Curtis Campher, Simi Singh, Mark Adair, Josh Little, Barry McCarthy.
In the two games held at the Blundstone Arena so far at the World Cup - both results have fallen in favour of the team batting first, and by heavy margins. Will the toss-winning skipper bear those figures in mind here?
The weather forecast for Hobart on Wednesday is largely dry - we should get a full day of play in.
It’ll be close, but the extra value in Scotland’s pre-match price makes us think they’re a good bet.