For the second week in a row, the focus will be firmly on headline making halfback Daly Cherry-Evans.
Having sorted his future in the maroon of Manly last week with a memorable backflip, DCE has been given the opportunity silence the critics courtesy of a knee injury to incumbent Cooper Cronk.
“Having the game moved to Melbourne is a genius move by Queensland, as it’s unlikely that anyone south of the border will know who Daly Cherry-Evans is,” WilliamHill.com.au’s Tim Ashworth said.
“He may be a great rugby league gymnast, but the likelihood of punters back-flipping on their predictions of a Queensland clean sweep are unlikely as the Maroons currently hold almost 70% of the money for the 3-0 result.”
A Queensland win in Melbourne is the $1.60 favourite.
The Blues are a $2.35 chance to upset the Maroons despite the return of skipper Paul Gallen to the side.
Market courtesy of WilliamWill.com.au
Queensland $1.60; NSW $2.36; Draw $23
QLD 1-12 $2.60; QLD 13+ $3.50; NSW 1-12 $3.30; NSW 13+ $8.00
Queensland $1.18; New South Wales $5.00