New Zealand capable of covering the Handicap against Australia
October 23, 2018
Both teams come into the game on the back of away wins against teams that had recently beaten each of them just weeks previously on home soil, with New Zealand winning 32-20 away to South Africa and Australia securing a 45-34 win in Argentina.
All Blacks lock Brodie Retallick is in contention to play after recovering from a shoulder injury, although coach Steve Hansen said the 27-year-old would have to get through a week’s training before being considered.
New Zealand vs Australia Betting Odds
- New Zealand to win at 1.13 with Unibet T&Cs apply Visit T&Cs Apply
- Australia to win at 6.50 with Bet365 T&C's apply Visit T&Cs Apply
- Handicap (-13) New Zealand to win at 1.70 with Pointsbet T&C's Apply Visit T&Cs Apply
- First Time to Score - Australia at 2.55 with Pointsbet T&Cs apply Visit T&Cs Apply
Back-up flanker Angus Cottrell (knee ligaments) will miss the game in Japan, but has some chance of touring Europe. Canberra Vikings backrower Pete Samu will fly to Japan to cover the loss of Cottrell.
Given the results in recent meetings between the two teams, injury news and their respective form, it’s little surprise that the All Blacks are red hot favourites to win this game at 1/7 with Unibet. Australia backers can get 11/2 with bet365*, while the draw is 55/1 with Topbetta. With New Zealand looking a class above Australia, the bet to be with here could be on the Handicap market where the All Blacks -16 are 10/11 with bet365*.
* Odds correct at the time of writing