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Rupert Wyman 13th Mar 2009 - 14:20

Ireland to continue their Grand dream against Scotland

Ireland travel to Scotland to face Frank Hadden's side at Murrayfield. The Irish have three wins out of three so far in this year's Six Nations and look well placed to make it four on Saturday to keep their Grand Slam dream alive.

Ireland are 1/3 favourites to win the match and anything other than an Irish win would be a massive shock. A home win is priced at 9/4 and the draw 20/1.

On the main handicap Scotland are given a six-point start with both sides at 10/11 and the draw 14/1. The preference would be to back Ireland to cover the handicap.

Declan Kidney's side were not overly impressive in beating England at Croke Park last time out but for the third consecutive match they got the job done.

If victorious at Murrayfield Ireland will face Wales in Cardiff for the chance to win their first Grand Slam since 1948 and their first championship since 1985.

The Irish are full of confidence and their superior ability should shine through on Saturday. For the first time in this year's tournament Declan Kidney has shuffled his pack by making four changes.

In come scrum-half Peter Stringer, centre Gordon D'Arcy, hooker Rory Best and number-eight Denis Leamy replacing Tomas O'Leary, Paddy Wallace, Jerry Flannery and Jamie Heaslip respectively.

The recalled quartet are vastly experienced and arguably improve the Irish side which is surely a daunting thought for Scotland. The reselection of D'Arcy will reunite him with his Leinster partner Brian O'Driscoll and the pair previously were a big success together for their country.

The recalled centre looks value at 5/2 to score a try at anytime. His captain is 2/1 with Ireland's wingers Tommy Bowe and Luke Fitzgerald the market leaders at 7/4 and 15/8 respectively.

Scotland have often not got what they have deserved in their matches so far but they are much improved from recent years with a more potent back-line with Max and Thom Evans genuine try threats. The latter is the favourite to score a try for Frank Hadden's side at 9/4.

For the match against Ireland Hadden has for the first time in this year's Six Nations selected reliable kicker Chris Paterson from the start. Scotland's record points scorer came off the bench in the win against Italy and his kicking ability cannot be questioned.

Paterson's selection gives Scotland a more solid look about them but they will probably still not have enough to overcome Ireland. The match should be an entertaining affair as both teams should be confident after their results two weeks ago. The match kicks off at 17:00 on Saturday and is live on BBC One and from the start to the 80th minute a wide range of in-play betting opportunities will be available via our betlive service.

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