Canada’s opening game in Pool B against Italy certainly didn’t go to plan, with the Azzurri scoring seven tries in running out comprehensive 48-7 winners. The fact that the Italians are a couple of levels below the All Blacks in terms of quality is an ominous sign for this encounter.
New Zealand were made to work hard for a 23-13 win over the South Africans in their opening Pool B game, in what could potentially have been a taster of the final later in the tournament.
Canada will need a significantly improved performance than they displayed against Italy if they are to avoid a humiliating loss to the mighty All Blacks. They will also be hoping that their opponents take their foot off the gas to preserve their energies for tougher challenges later in the tournament.
New Zealand vs Canada Betting Lines & Prediction
New Zealand will win this game and they will win it comfortably. The only question in terms of our RWC 2019 predictions from a betting perspective is by how many points?
The Match Result betting lines reflect just how seismic a shock it would be were Canada to win this game, with the line on New Zealand at -100000 (1.00) with bet365. The draw is +25000 (251.00) with 888Sport and Canada are +37700 (378.0) with Sports Interaction.
There’s little choice at those odds other than to look to the Handicap market, where the tip is New Zealand -65 at -110 (1.91) with bet365. Those that have faith in Canada can back them +65 at -110 (1.91) with bet365.