Scotland v Ireland: TV details & match stats
Ireland five-point favourites to bounce back from opening defeat
Saturday, February 9
2pm, BBC1 & Virgin One (RoI)
Scotland pulled off an upset when the teams last met at Murrayfield in the opening match of the 2017 Six Nations, winning 27-22 despite starting as five-point underdogs.
An opening-round success against Italy will have bolstered confidence in the Scottish camp while Ireland are smarting from defeat to England in a match where they were, in their coach's own words, "bullied" by physically dominant opponents.
Scotland won't provide the same kind of challenge, but they showed against the Azzurri they are prepared to play with tempo and ambition and this will be a test of both teams' fitness.
That defeat two years ago is the only one Ireland have suffered in the last six meetings, and they are six-point favourites on early handicaps.
Last six meetings
2018: Ireland 28 Scotland 8
2017 Scotland 27 Ireland 22
2016: Ireland 35 Scotland 25
2015: Ireland 28 Scotland 22 (World Cup warm-up)
2015: Scotland 10 Ireland 40
2014: Ireland 28 Scotland 6
Six Nations results at Murrayfield
Scotland wins: 3, Ireland wins: 6.
Average score: Ireland 17 Scotland 24
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