Tonight the passion-fuelled New South Wales Blues will attempt to keep the 2012 State of Origin series alive when they host the Queensland Maroons at ANZ Stadium in Sydney for Game 2.
Queensland held on to win the opening match in Melbourne last month 18 – 10, the six-time defending series champs looking to seal their seventh straight series success with another win tonight.
Best State of Origin Bet – Queensland to Win by 1 – 12 points @ $2.85 through bookmaker.com.au
But with Sam Thaiday out with a shoulder injury and the Blues with everything to play for and nothing to lose the canetoads will start the underdogs in the State of Origin betting markets at bookmaker.com.au.
Currently the Mal Meninga-coached Maroons are at $1.95 to beat the home team tonight.
It is juicy odds for an experienced and professional squad that will now include Dave Taylor in the starting line-up and Corey Parker on the bench and who were plagued by a virus in the lead-up to Origin Game 1 last month.
The New South Welshman however are the better fancied of the two in the State of Origin odds paying $1.86 at bookmaker.com.au to win.
They don’t have the record or the same imposing stats on paper but they do have a dangerous halves combo with Mitchell Pearce and Todd Carney and everything to prove.
With rain in Sydney the home team at Homebush has the advantage, New South Wales having won the last muddy Origin back in Game 2 at ANZ Stadium 18 – 8 last year.
In their line-up Tony Williams is out with a back injury with fellow Sea Eagle Anthony Watmough to come onto the bench as his replacement, and Panthers prop Tim Grant making his Origin debut tonight.
So can Queensland turn the lights off on New South Wales and overcome the away from home in the wet conditions to win Game 2 and the series? Or will the Blues improve and keep things simple with a gritty win, taking advantage of the loss of Thaiday?
We think that the Maroons can do it, albeit just.
The Blues will take some beating but don’t think Queensland don’t have anything to prove.
There’s plenty more than just the Win markets to enjoy a punt on tonight too.
Below we take a look at some of the more popular State of Origin betting odds and options open now at bookmaker.com.au – home of the $300 Bonus Bet Offer for customers that quote the code BONUSBET!
2012 State of Origin Betting – Game 2
So you’re betting on your state that’s a given, but a great way to get more value for your Origin dollar is to have a bet on the winning margin.
The Blues are favoured to win by 1 – 12 points, which looking at the eight point margin for Game 1 is a good bet especially at $2.75.
If you fancy Queensland for an upset take them at the 1 – 12 margin for $2.85 odds!
First Try Scorer
Which player will be first over the line tonight for a four-pointer? Inglis after his controversial game winner late in Game 1 is the $8 favourite to post first points tonight with Queensland’s star fullback Slater next in the markets.
For the Blues the shortest priced is the flying Fijian Uate at $10.
At juicier odds are the likes of Darius Boyd ($11) who scored a double for Queensland in Game 1, and the speedy Michael Jennings for NSW at $13.
- Greg Inglis (QLD) – $8
- Billy Slater (QLD) – $9
- Akuila Uate (NSW) – $10
- Darius Boyd (QLD) – $11
- Jarryd Hayne (NSW) – $11
Full markets can be found at bookmaker.com.au on the remainder of the players as well as No Try Scorer and a Penalty Try paying $151 a piece.
Half-Time / Full-Time Double
Can the favourites lead at half time and hold that advantage right through until the final siren?
Or will Queensland be down at the break and come back to win the match, a result paying a generous $6.50 considering the Maroon’s late burst of brilliance last time these two met.
- New South Wales Blues/New South Wales Blues – $2.75
- New South Wales Blues/Draw – $41
- New South Wales Blues/Queensland Maroons – $6.50
- Draw/New South Wales Blues – $19
- Draw/Draw – $67
- Draw/Queensland Maroons – $19
- Queensland Maroons/New South Wales Blues – $7
- Queensland Maroons/Draw – $51
- Queensland Maroons/Queensland Maroons – $2.80
Highest Scoring Half
Will it be all guns blazing in the first half for a big point scoring epidemic before things slow down second half? Or will it be the final 40 minutes that the most points go up on the board tonight?
*All odds provided by bookmaker.com.au and subject to change