For the first time since 2011, Suncorp Stadium will feature a double header with the National Rugby League’s top three sides participating.
Last time just thirty-two thousand attended the event at Suncorp. How times have changed with Saturday’s blockbuster sold-out earlier this week.
The opening match involves defending champions North Queensland Cowboys facing third-placed Melbourne. These two teams faced off in last year’s Grand Final Qualifier with the Cowboys victors 32-12 at AAMI Park.
North Queensland are favourites to win the clash at $1.45 with Melbourne paying $2.75. A Cowboys victory by thirteen points or more is the most popular pick at $2.55 while there’s some excellent value for a Storm 1 to 12-point victory at $4.35.
The first tryscorer market has Cowboys Kyle Feldt the favourite at $9 followed by Justin O’Neill and Antonio Winterstein at $10. Rookie Suliasi Vunivalu has ‘Stormed’ onto the NRL stage and is at $11 to cross the white stripe first. Gavin Cooper provides some excellent value at $15.
There’s a great battle at fullback between recently re-signed Cameron Munster and New South Wales Origin hopeful Lachlan Coote. If Munster scores more tries than Coote the return is $5. If Coote scores more tries than Munster, you will pocket $3.75.
Brisbane Broncos take on Manly Sea Eagles in the second game. The Broncos favourites at $1.18 with Manly given little chance of an upset, paying $4.85.
Manly get +18.5 in the line betting at $1.47 while Brisbane have -7.5 line at $1.42.
There will be a lot of interest in the margins. Brisbane to win by 19 points or more is best backed at $2.40, followed by Brisbane by 13-18 points at $5.00. Manly to win by 1-6 points is paying $9 while Manly to win by 19 points or more is the outsider at $23.
In the 1st tryscorer and 80 Minute Margin double market, if Corey Oates happens to cross for the first try in the game and the Broncos win by 13 points or more it will return $7. Anthony Milford scoring the opening try and the Broncos going on to win by 13 points of more is paying $11.
There are 87 markets available for both games.
In Premiership betting North Queensland Cowboys and Brisbane Broncos are join favourites at $3.75. Melbourne are on the fourth line of betting at $11 and Manly are at $17. Cronulla are the best of the Sydney clubs at $6.
Last Sunday Parramatta were at $101 to win the competition. With their salary cap issues looked to have been solved, the Eels are now into $21.
With State of Origin just around the corner, both Queensland and New South Wales are at $1.90 to take out the series.
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*All odds as at 4:30pm on Thursday May 12, 2016