It has been a mixed year for Ireland, who weren’t able to convert their Six Nations hopes into victory when the championship reached a conclusion in October and have proven to be slightly behind both England and France in the European pecking order.
Scotland have certainly shown their potential with an impressive win over France in the Six Nations and a first victory on Welsh soil in nearly two decades, but they have little to show for it after coming up short when it mattered most in both tournaments played this year.
Both teams are close to full strength, although injuries have taken their toll. However, Ireland are able to restore captain Johnny Sexton to fly-half alongside Conor Murray, and with the likes of Cian Healy and Peter O’Mahony in the pack they have plenty of experience to fall back on.
In contrast, Scotland remain without Finn Russell and Adam Hastings at No 10, and with Duncan Weir dropped, South African-born Jaco van der Walt makes his Scotland debut.
Here’s everything you need to know about this weekend’s match.
When is it?
Ireland vs Scotland takes place on Saturday 5 December at the Aviva Stadium.
What time does it start?
The match kicks off at 2:15pm GMT.
How can I watch it?
Amazon Prime have bought the rights to the majority of the Autumn Nations Cup, with the paid subscription service set to show 14 of the 16 games throughout the tournament.
The match will be shown live on Amazon Prime from 3pm.
If you're not an Amazon Prime Video subscriber start a free 30-day trial here.
We may earn commission from some of the links in this article, but we never allow this to influence our content.
Is it on TV?
No. Channel 4 have the rights for Ireland’s three group games this autumn, with the two home matches shown exclusively and the trip to Twickenham to face England shared with Amazon Prime.
Highlights will be shown on Channel 4 at 7pm on Sunday 6 December.
Ireland: Stockdale; Keenan, Aki, Henshaw, Earls; Sexton, Murray; Healy, Herring, Porter; Henderson, James Ryan; Stander, O'Mahony, Doris.
Replacements: Kelleher, O'Sullivan, John Ryan, Roux, van der Flier, Gibson Park, R Byrne, Farrell.
Scotland: Hogg, Graham, Harris, Taylor, Van der Merwe; Van der Walt, Price; Sutherland, Brown, Z Fagerson; Cummings, Gray; Thomson, Ritchie, M Fagerson.
Replacements: McInally, Kebble, Nel, Skinner, Cowan, Hidalgo-Clyne, Jones, Maitland.
Ireland to win: 4/13
Scotland to win: 15/4
This weekend get a £10 free bet with Betfair, when you bet £10 on a Same Game Multi on the Premier League. Terms: Min £10 Same Game Multi bet on any EPL match this Fri - Sun. Free bet valid for 72 hours, awarded at bet settlement. Excludes cashed out bets. T&Cs apply.