After taking a huge step towards qualification from Pool A with a win over England, Wales return home to Cardiff for an interesting match against Fiji. Read here our WALES v FIJI betting preview with predictions, winning tips, best odds, starting XVs, free bets and no deposit bonuses on the clash!
WALES v FIJI BETTING PREVIEW
Wales were superb in beating hosts England at Twickenham on Saturday fighting back from a ten point deficit. They were still 25-18 down with ten minutes to go but 23 points from the boot of Dan Biggar and a Gareth Davies try gave them a pivotal victory. The only negative for the Welsh is a rising injury list which could yet derail their campaign.
The epic victory over the Red Rose was marred by the loss of both centre Scott Williams and wing Hallam Amos and coach Warren Gatland will be forced to make three changes. Matthew Morgan, Alex Cuthbert and Tyler Morgan have all been named in the starting line-up, although the pack remains unchanged. The Welsh are already without the likes of Leigh Halfpenny, Jonathan Davies and Rhys Webb for the tournament.
Fiji were competitive against England, going down 35-11 in the opener at Twickenham and although Australia threatened to put them away at one point they fought back to lose by 15 points (28-13) at Cardiff. They have scored one try on both their matches and they must beat Wales if they are to remain in the tournament.
John McKee has had to make six changes due to injuries and suspension. His best player Nemani Nadolo is serving a two-week ban while scrum-half Niko Matawalu has been ruled out due to injury. Two huge absences as they are by far their two most influential players and epitomise the flair, speed and power of the Fijians. Furthremore, they have lost other two players - prop Isei Colati and wing Waisea Nayacalevu - through injury. The Montpellier winger Timoci Nagusa missed out on initial selection because of a knee injury but has recovered in time and was called into the squad to replace the injured Waisea Nayacalevu. In the back Dominiko Waqaniburotu returns at blindside flanker, while Sunia Koto starts at hooker.
Wales have an all-time record of 8-1-1 over the Pacific Islanders, with the most recent notable matches being a tight 17-13 win in Cardiff last year.
- 2014: Wales won 17-13, Cardiff
- 2011: Wales won 66-0, Hamilton (WC pool match)
- 2010: Wales and Fiji drew 16-all, Cardiff
- 2007: Fiji won 38-34, Nantes (WC pool match)
- 2005: Wales won 11-10, Cardiff
WALES v FIJI STARTING XVsWales: 15 Matthew Morgan, 14 Alex Cuthbert, 13 Tyler Morgan, 12 Jamie Roberts, 11 George North, 10 Dan Biggar, 9 Gareth Davies, 8 Taulupe Faletau, 7 Sam Warburton (c), 6 Dan Lydiate, 5 Alun Wyn Jones, 4 Bradley Davies, 3 Tomas Francis, 2 Scott Baldwin, 1 Gethin Jenkins.
Replacements: 16 Ken Owens, 17 Aaron Jarvis, 18 Samson Lee, 19 Luke Charteris, 20 Justin Tipuric, 21 Lloyd Williams, 22 Rhys Priestland, 23 James Hook.
Fiji: 15 Metuisela Talebula, 14 Timoci Nagusa, 13 Vereniki Goneva, 12 Lepani Botia, 11 Aseli Tikoirotuma, 10 Ben Volavola, 9 Nemia Kenatale, 8 Netani Talei, 7 Akapusi Qera (c), 6 Dominiko Waqaniburotu, 5 Leone Nakarawa, 4 Tevita Cavubati, 3 Manasa Saulo, 2 Sunia Koto, 1 Campese Maafu.
Replacements: 16 Viliame Veikoso, 17 Peni Ravia, 18 Leeroy Atalifo, 19 Nemia Soqeta, 20 Malakai Ravulo, 21 Henry Seniloli, 22 Joshua Matavesi, 23 Kini Murimurivalu.
WALES v FIJI BEST ODDS
|WALES|| 4.00 with||Bet £10, win £40.00|
|THE DRAW||41.00 with||Bet £10, win £410.00|
|FIJI||7.00 with||Bet £10, win £70.00|
WALES v FIJI PREDICTIONS
- Handicap: Fiji +14 points @ 2.00
- Winning Margin: Wales by 1-12 points @ 3.00
- Total Points: Under 46.5 points @ 1.93
- First team to score: Fiji @ 2.75
Enhanced odds: 3/1 Wales to win (risk-free)!
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