With the opening State of Origin clash for 2011 just days away, the betting markets for game one and the overall State v State, Mate v Mate series are starting to heat up.
As always, much hullaballo highlighted the 2011 State of Origin Teams selections this year.
Blues coach Ricky Stuart decided to finally give the New South Welshman a shake-up, naming no less than five players on debut and axing some of the big names including one-time star Blues fullback Jarryd Hayne.
Meanwhile two players will debut for the Queensland Maroons including Broncos’ flyer Jharal Yow Yeh who will accompany four other Brisbane players including legendary captain Darren Lockyer for the star skipper’s swansong Origin series.
Despite the obvious wealth of experience the Maroons boast and their total dominance in the Origin arena having secured their record fifth straight Origin shield last year, there has been plenty of money reported coming in for a Blues upset at the online bookmakers.
State of Origin 2011 Game One kicks things off at Suncorp Stadium this Wednesday night, with odds on match unsurprisingly lead by Queensland.
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In the current State of Origin markets Queensland are the $1.48 favourites in the game one head-to-head markets over New South Wales at $2.70.
While on paper a Maroon’s win is all but assured, Queensland having won seven of the past eight Origin battles, there is still a chance for the Blues according to Luxbet’s chief bookmaker Paul Vincent.
“In terms of team value by the salary cap, it would be an unfair fight,” Vincent told NRLleague.com.au.
“But with both Hodges and Inglis out with injury, a lot of punters can only see Blue!”
An influx of bets has flowed in for the Blues to stop Queensland at five, New South Wales firming in from $3.40 to $2.85 to be the 2011 State of Origin series winner at Luxbet.
“Queensland have won Game One the last three years and with a team that could be an Australian outfit, we were expecting them to be well supported,” Vincent said.
“However ever since the loss of both Hodges and Inglis to injury and the addition of Joey Johns back into the NSW coaching staff, punters are sensing a Blues resurgence.”
Individual bets on the Blues up to $10,000 have also seen the Maroon’s drift out in the Series winner markets, Queensland now paying $1.42 after having been as short as $1.33.
One avid Blues supporter is so sure that a new era of Origin is just around the corner, he placed $5,000 worth of bets on a New South Wales series whitewash getting generous odds of $15 on the result.
“It’s certainly thinking against the grain,” Vincent said.
“Queensland with two home games and this being Darren Lockyer’s last series, we have placed a lot of confidence in the Maroons.”
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