Scotland welcome New Zealand to Murrayfield in the second round of Autumn Internationals hoping to break a 109-year duck having never beaten the world's number one-ranked side in 29 meetings. Find below our Scotland v New Zealand betting preview with tips, predictions, odds, lineups, free bets and no deposit bonuses!
SCOTLAND v NEW ZEALAND FREE BETTING PREVIEW Scotland were dominant 7 days ago beating 41-31 Argentina, a side who lie two places below them in the IRB world rankings. Number eight Adam Ashe smashed the stats in the win over los Pumas, The 21-year-old was everywhere on his first start at Murrayfield and came away as his side's top carrier and tackler.
Coach Vern Cotter has named an unchanged starting line-up for their duel with the world's best team with Greig Laidlaw - man-of-the-match against the Pumas - continues to captain the team from scrum-half. Anyway, he has made four changes on his bench, with Fraser Brown and Tim Swinson replacing Scott Lawson and Jim Hamilton, while Johnnie Beattie and Chris Cusiter have come in for Alasdair Strokosch and the injured Henry Pyrgos.
The All Blacks beat beat England 24-21 at Twickenham last weekend. They were convincing enough in the 2nd half though especially when down to 14 men. But it wasn’t all rosy for the All Blacks in victory, let down by 16 turnovers, conceding 14 penalties and finishing a disastrous three from eight with the boot, a success rate of just 38%. Throughout their last 10 games, the All Blacks have lost just one test against South Africa in South Africa
The side is vastly different to that which turned out against the English last week. Retallick is unavailable due to injury while Richie McCaw shifts to the blindside to allow Sam Cane a start. Vito, Bird, Thrush, Faumuina, Parsons, Moody round out the renovated forward pack. Fekitoa and Crotty make up a fresh faced midfield duo and TJ Perenara will be the one feeding Carter in the nine jersey.
The Scots have yet to win against the All Blacks as New Zealand have won 27 times out of 29 with the other two fixtures being a draw. But given their recent performances it looks like they could potentially give New Zealand a run for their money.
SCOTLAND v NEW ZEALAND PREVIOUS RESULTS
- 2012: New Zealand won 51-22 in Edinburgh
- 2010: New Zealand won 49-3 in Edinburgh
- 2008: New Zealand won 32-6 in Edinburgh
- 2007: New Zealand won 40-0 in Edinburgh
SCOTLAND v NEW ZEALAND LINEUPS Scotland: 15 Stuart Hogg, 14 Sean Maitland, 13 Mark Bennett, 12 Alex Dunbar, 11 Tommy Seymour, 10 Finn Russell, 9 Greig Laidlaw (c), 8 Adam Ashe, 7 Blair Cowan, 6 Rob Harley, 5 Jonny Gray, 4 Richie Gray, 3 Euan Murray, 2 Ross Ford, 1 Alasdair Dickinson.
Replacements: 16 Fraser Brown, 17 Gordon Reid, 18 Geoff Cross, 19 Tim Swinson, 20 Johnnie Beattie, 21 Chris Cusiter, 22 Duncan Weir, 23 Sean Lamont.
New Zealand: 15 Ben Smith, 14 Colin Slade, 13 Malakai Fekitoa, 12 Ryan Crotty, 11 Charles Piutau, 10 Dan Carter, 9 TJ Perenara, 8 Victor Vito, 7 Sam Cane, 6 Richie McCaw (c), 5 Dominic Bird, 4 Jeremy Thrush, 3 Charlie Faumuina, 2 James Parsons, 1 Joe Moody.
Replacements: 16 Dane Coles, 17 Wyatt Crockett, 18 Ben Franks, 19 Luke Romano, 20 Liam Messam, 21 Augustine Pulu, 22 Sonny Bill Williams, 23 Julian Savea.
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|NEW ZEALAND||1.06 with||Bet £10, win £10.60|
SCOTLAND v NEW ZEALAND FREE BETS & PROMOTIONS
- New Zealand -20 points handicap @ 2.00
- Over 48.5 points @ 1.91
- Malakai Fekitoa @ 3.25
- Time Of First Try Under 13:30 @ 1.83
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