New Zealand went into the tournament as the bookies favourites to retain the trophy having won it in both 2011 and 2015 and that remains the situation as we go into the knockout stage.
They started with a 23-13 win over one of their title rivals, South Africa, then had comprehensive victories over Canada and Namibia. Typhoon Hagibis put paid to what would have been the All Blacks final group game against Italy, but their three wins prior to that ensured that they won Pool B ahead of South Africa.
Ireland finished second to the hosts in Pool A, with their opening 27-3 victory over Scotland ultimately proving decisive in their qualification after they went on to lose 19-12 to Japan.
New Zealand vs Ireland Betting Lines & Prediction
Although New Zealand are justifiably ranked as the best team in the world right now, this is probably not a team of the same vintage as those which won the previous two Rugby World Cups.
When it comes to RWC 2019 predictions, it’s also worth noting that the Irish team knows exactly what’s required to beat the All Blacks. If Johnny Sexton and Conor Murray are on their game, Ireland can make this a real contest.
In the Match Result betting lines, New Zealand are strong favourites at odds of -500 (1.20) with Betway Sports, with the draw at +3300 (34.0) with bet365 and the Rugby betting line on Ireland set at +450 (5.50) with Betway.
The tip is to look towards the Handicap market though, where Ireland can be backed +11.5 at -106 (1.94) with 888Sport.
Rugby World Cup Prediction: Handicap – Ireland + 11.5 @ -106 (1.94) with 888Sport