Just seven days ago the accomplished Queensland Maroons clinched a hard-fought win over a gallant New South Wales Blues outfit in the opening 2011 State of Origin clash and already the sporting world is turning its attention to the continuation of the tournament with game two set to light up ANZ Stadium on June 15.
After a highly-spruiked series opener, the Blues were unable to live up to the hype of a much altered squad and went down in a gritty 16 – 12 loss at Suncorp Stadium.
Having dominated the Origin arena for the past five straight series, the Maroons were the short-priced favourites to win game one and after saluting for their sunshine state supports have been even more heavily-backed to take their form down south and secure the second State v State battle and in doing so take out the series yet again.
Early State of Origin Game II betting markets are now open for punters and footy fans at leading online bookmaker Luxbet.
Luxbet chief bookmaker Paul Vincent believes if you are part of the Cockroach crew, now is the perfect time to lock in a Blues upset in the State of Origin markets.
“After a see-sawing clash that saw the first game end in blows, New South Wales fans have been given real hope of finally turning the tables on the all conquering Queenslanders,” Vincent told NRLleague.com.au.
“But, Luxbet are still sceptical of the Blues and have opened the Maroons as slight favourites at $1.83 for game two of the State of Origin series.”
New South Wales just trail in the Origin take two odds paying $2, despite holding the home ground advantage this time.
For game one, two promising players made their Origin debut for Queensland with Jharal Yow Yeh and Dane Nielson running onto the field alongside all-time greats including skipper Darren Lockyer.
The debutants were called up in response to the absence of injured Maroon centres Greg Inglis and Justin Hodges.
Queensland State of Origin team selectors now face the decision on who is in and who will miss out on a call-up for game two with Inglis and Hodges set to return.
Whatever the exact line-up, there has been plenty of support for Queensland to thrive again with the return of Inglis and Hodges for the Sydney smash.
“Although NSW put in a much improved performance in game one compared to previous years, the bookmakers at Luxbet still think the Maroons will have too much firepower for the Blues courtesy of the expected return of superstar centre pairing Greg Inglis and Justin Hodges,” Vincent said.
In the overall State of Origin Series markets Queensland sit top of the odds at $1.20, while brave Blues fans who believed their boys showed enough to support a second round upset can get very generous odds on New South Wales with Luxbet paying $4.50 for them to eradicate the Canetoads for the first time in over half a decade.
“For those optimistic New South Welshmen who think the Blues can stage a remarkable turnaround and win their first series since 2005, Luxbet are offering $4.65 (now $4.50) about them to storm back and take the shield,” Vincent said.
“Meanwhile those north of the border can get better than bank interest at $1.19 (now $1.20) about their Queensland boys claiming their sixth straight series win.”
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