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Here are five bets Guy Giles thinks you should consider for Ireland v Russia, which kicks off at 11:15 on Thursday.

Russia (+53)

Ireland should bounce back from defeat against Japan with a simple victory over Russia in Kobe.

But the Bears should easily have enough to keep the score within this margin, having lost by 20 and 25 to Japan and Samoa respectively.

Winning margin: Ireland 31-40

Joe Schmidt will be demanding a big performance from Ireland, so they are likely to hand Russia their biggest defeat of the tournament.

There have been just two matches so far decided by more than 40 points, both involving teams below Russia in the world rankings, so this looks the upper limit for a winning margin.

Highest scoring half: 2nd 

Russia tend to start fast and then fade in the second half, with Japan scoring 18 and Samoa scoring 29 points against them after the break.

Ireland’s superior fitness and depth is likely to prove similarly decisive in the second half on Thursday.

Anytime tryscorer: Keith Earls 

Earls is yet to score at this World Cup despite starting both of Ireland’s matches, but will get another chance on Thursday.

The veteran winger scored a brace the last time Ireland met Russia at the 2011 World Cup.

Anytime tryscorer: Garry Ringrose 

Ringrose is another Irish player making his third start of the tournament.

The centre is in brilliant form, scoring his seventh international try against Japan, and will have plenty of chances to add to that tally on Thursday. 


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