New South Wales have lost the outright favouritism for State of Origin One following the news that skipper Paul Gallen is unlikely to be fit for the clash due to his hip injury.
Online bookmaker sportsbet.com.au has moved the Blues from $1.85 favourites out to $1.90 equal favourites with the Maroons, who’ve come in from $1.95.
Queensland have also firmed from $1.75 into $1.70 to win the series as a result of the Gallen news. New South Wales are now $2.15 to make it back to back series wins.
“Even before the Gallen injury, punters had placed 7 times the money on the Maroons in game one compared to the Blues. With the skipper seemingly gone, New South Wales look like they’ll end up being outsiders on their home turf,” said sportsbet.com.au’s Christian Jantzen.
Markets courtesy of sportsbet.com.au
State of Origin – Game One
(prices in brackets from 27/4/15)
$1.90 NSW (out from $1.85)
$1.90 QLD (in from $1.95)
$2.80 NSW 1-12 (steady)
$5.00 NSW 13+ (out from $4.75)
$17 Draw (steady)
$2.80 QLD 1-12 (in from $2.85)
$5.00 QLD 13+ (steady)
State of Origin – Series Winner
$1.70 QLD (in from $1.75)
$2.15 NSW (out from $2.05)