Both sides had contrasting starts to their campaigns last weekend with Scotland comprehensively beaten 38-18 against England and the Italians stunning France with a 23-18 victory in Rome.
Italy have won four of the past six meetings between the teams in the competition and Scotland are odds-on favourites for a second successive wooden spoon. When asked who the underdogs were, Beattie said: “Absolutely us. We have seen the level of performance Italy have put together over the past few years. We have come off the back of a disappointing performance against England, they have just beaten France, in my eyes pre-tournament favourites. We are definitely the pre-match underdogs.”