After a comprehensive 28-4 defeat to Italy in their World Cup opener, Scotland next face the prospect of taking on the tournament favourites Australia in Coventry on Friday night.

The Kangaroos got their campaign off to a strong start with a 42-8 win over Fiji on the opening day of the tournament and now they have the Bravehearts in their sights.

Australia vs Scotland Betting Tips

Scotland +61.5 handicap 2-way – 10/11
Lachlan Walmsley to score anytime – 11/4

The last meeting between these sides came back in the 2016 Four Nations, with Australia unsurprisingly coming out on top with a 52-12 victory in Hull.

Australia are 1/750 to win at the Ricoh Arena on Friday night, with Scotland at 66/1 to cause what would be arguably the biggest upset in World Cup history.

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Team news

Kangaroos coach Mal Meninga has confirmed he’ll be making sweeping changes from the side that had little trouble getting past Fiji.

Six debutants have been named in the squad to face the Scots in the form of Nathan Cleary, Isaah Yeo, Liam Martin, Matt Burton, Campbell Graham and Lindsay Collins.

As for the Bravehearts, Salford Red Devils star Ryan Brierley has been ruled out through injury for the trip to the West Midlands.

There will be added pressure therefore on Bailey Hayward and Liam Hood to spark some creativity across the pitch at the Ricoh.

Scotland +61.5 handicap 2-way – 10/11

While Australia should win, and win comfortably, there looks to be value with going with Scotland on the 2-way handicap.

It was back in November 2013 the last time Australia beat a team by 62 points or more, in a 64-0 rout against Fiji at Wembley in the World Cup that year.

Scotland’s biggest ever defeat was at the hands of New Zealand in Christchurch in 2017, with the Braveheats going down 74-6.

Expect the Scots to try and dig in a look for territory in the early stages to keep Australia off the scoreboard.

One of Scotland’s greatest results came in an 18-18 draw against New Zealand in a wet and windy encounter in Workington back in 2016.

The current crop of Scottish players should take some encouragement from that result against the Kiwis and they have the ability to fall on the right side of this generous handicap.

Lachlan Walmsley to score anytime – 11/4

Scotland’s chances are likely to be few and far between but the Bravehearts do have a strong attacking threat in the form of Lachlan Walmsley.

The 24-year-old winger, who currently plays for the Halifax Panthers in the Betfred Championship, scored Scotland’s only try against the Italians last time out

Having bagged his first international try last time out, Walmsley is well-priced at 11/4 to go over anytime for the Scots on Friday night.

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