SCOTLAND v WALES BETTING PREVIEW
Scotland were beaten 15-8 by France in Paris in Round 1 with Dougie Fife scoring the only try of the game. They have been blown off the Millenium Stadium in a 51-3 drubbing by the Welsh last year, with Wales running in seven tries. It was Scotland's heaviest defeat in their tournament history.
Scotland coach Vern Cotter has decided to make two changes to his line-up as Sean Lamont replaces the injured Tommy Seymour on the wing, while tight-head prop Geoff Cross comes in for Euan Murray. Fife is not included in the squad to face Wales and his place on the bench is take by Edinburgh back Matt Scott. Glasgow's Jon Welsh is also named as a replacement with Cross promoted
The opening game of the competition saw Wales suffer a 21-16 defeat at the hands of England at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. Anyway, they will go into the game with confidence, having never lost to Scotland during Gatland’s eight-year tenure.
Full-back Leigh Halfpenny and fly-half Dan Biggar both suffered knocks during the England encounter, but have made Gatland's team. George North who has been ruled out by medical staff after taking a couple of head knocks in the loss to England. Prop Samson Lee also misses out as he failed his final part of the return-to-play protocols following his knock to the head last Friday. Aaron Jarvis starts in his place.
Scotland have won just one of the last 11 Six Nations head to heads with Wales, the 21-9 victory at Murrayfield in 2007.
SCOTLAND v WALES LINEUPSScotland: 15 Stuart Hogg, 14 Sean Lamont, 13 Mark Bennett, 12 Alex Dunbar, 11 Tim Visser, 10 Finn Russell, 9 Greig Laidlaw (captain), 8 Johnnie Beattie, 7 Blair Cowan, 6 Rob Harley, 5 Jonny Gray, 4 Richie Gray, 3 Geoff Cross, 2 Ross Ford, 1 Alasdair Dickinson.
Replacements: 16 Fraser Brown, 17 Gordon Reid, 18 Jon Welsh, 19 Jim Hamilton, 20 Alasdair Strokosch, 21 Sam Hidalgo-Clyne, 22 Greig Tonks, 23 Matt Scott.
Wales: 15 Leigh Halfpenny, 14 Alex Cuthbert, 13 Jonathan Davies, 12 Jamie Roberts, 11 Liam Williams, 10 Dan Biggar, 9 Rhys Webb, 8 Taulupe Faletau, 7 Sam Warburton (captain), 6 Dan Lydiate, 5 Alun Wyn Jones, 4 Jake Ball, 3 Aaron Jarvis, 2 Richard Hibbard, 1 Gethin Jenkins.
Replacements: 16 Scott Baldwin, 17 Paul James, 18 Scott Andrews, 19 Luke Charteris, 20 Justin Tipuric, 21 Mike Phillips, 22 Rhys Priestland, 23 Scott Williams.
SCOTLAND v WALES PREVIOUS RESULTS
- 2014: Wales won 51-3 in Cardiff
- 2013: Wales won 28-18 in Edinburgh
- 2012: Wales won 27-13 in Cardiff
- 2011: Wales won 24-6 in Edinburgh
- 2010: Wales won 31-24 in Cardiff
- 2009: Wales won 26-13 in Edinburgh
SCOTLAND v WALES BEST ODDS
|SCOTLAND|| 2.80 with||Bet £10, win £28.00|
|THE DRAW|| 26.00 with||Bet £10, win £260.00|
|WALES||1.62 with||Bet £10, win £16.20|
SCOTLAND v WALES PREDICTIONS
- Winner: Wales @ 1.62
- Handicap: Wales -6 @ 2.38
- Total tries: Under 3.5 @ 1.85
- Best Kicking Percentage: Halfpenny @ 1.73
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