Host nation Japan open the Rugby World Cup 2019 when they face Russia at the Tokyo Stadium on Friday evening (local time).
Japan will be attempting to progress into the knockout stage of the World Cup for the first time in their history and the draw in Pool A looks to have given them a very reasonable chance of achieving their goal.
Japan produced a major shock at the last Rugby World Cup when they defeated South Africa, Anything remotely close to that level of performance will be far too good for the Russians here.
The Russians are only in Japan as a consequence Romania’s disqualification for fielding ineligible players during qualifying. This will be just their second Rugby World Cup finals and they are still seeking their first victory, having lost all four of their games in New Zealand in 2011.
Unfortunately for the Russians, there seems little hope of them securing a first World Cup win against Japan. Russia faced Italy in a World Cup warm-up test in Rome a month ago and got trounced 85-15, with the Italians running in 13 tries.
Japan vs Russia Betting Lines & Prediction
Unless the Japanese freeze on the occasion, they have to be the betting tips in any Rugby World Cup 2019 predictions to win this match with some comfort. The odds certainly suggest as much, with betting lines on Japan to win the match a very prohibitive -10000 (1.01) with Sports Interaction. The draw is priced at +6600 (67.0) with bet365 and Russia are +3300 (34.0) at bet365.
The Handicap is therefore the betting market to go with here, with Japan -40pts is set at -110 (1.91) with bet365 and Russia +40pts at -110 (1.91) with Betway Sports. Given their recent result against Italy, there’s little to suggest the Russians will be able to compete here, so Japan are the tip on the Handicap.
Rugby World Cup Prediction: Handicap – Japan -40 @ -110 (1.91) with bet365