Perhaps punters with online bookmaker sportsbet.com.au need to have their own concussion rule implemented after betting more money on the Eels to win Sunday’s clash against Manly than the Sea Eagles.
The Eels are rank outsiders at $4.75 after being hammered 56-4 last week and Manly are into $1.20 but that hasn’t stopped Parramatta attracting 54% of all money staked on the game.
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Tigers v Bunnies: After an initial burst of money for the Tigers at their opening price of $4.75, the bulk of money in the latter half of this week has come for Rabbitohs, so much so that for every dollar going on the Tigers, four is going on Souths. The Bunnies are the $1.25 favourites, with the Tigers paying $4.10. The usual suspects of Greg Inglis ($8.50) and Nathan Merritt ($7.50) are heavily backed to score the first try.
Broncos v Roosters: With money 3 to 1 in their favour, the Roosters have firmed from $1.55 into $1.50 with the Broncs easing out $2.65 outsiders at home. Money is also 5 to 1 for the Roosters to cover the -6.0 line and James Maloney is the $6.00 favourite for Man of the Match.
Panthers v Bulldogs: Even though their last round win was against an undermanned Sharks outfit, punters are convinced the Dogs are the real deal and of all money staked on this game, 80% is the Bulldogs to win. They do remain $2.45 outsiders with the Panthers $1.57 favourites. No 40/20 being kicked during the game at $1.28 is also proving popular with punters.
Sharks v Dragons: Opened at $1.80, before being crunched into $1.70, the Dragons have firmed further and are now paying $1.60 with money 7 to 1 in their favour. Sportsbet has also pitted boom recruit Gareth Widdop up against Michael Gordon for who’ll score the most points in the match – Widdop is paying $1.60 and Gordon $2.25 and punters are predicting the Pom to get the cash in this clash.
Cowboys v Warriors: Despite easing from $1.33 out to $1.38, the Cowboys have attracted 57% of all money bet on the game. The Warriors move into $3.15. Highlighting the savviness of punters, the total match points being over the set 45.5 line is well backed at $1.9-0 given both teams are known for their attacking potency.
Manly v Eels: This isn’t a misprint – Sportsbet punters have wagered more money on the Eels in head to head betting to win than they have Manly! The Sea Eagles are skinny $1.20 favourites to the Eels massive price of $4.75 but that hasn’t stopped Parramatta attracting 54% of all money bet on the match.
Raiders v Titans: All week money has dribbled in for both sides, with support narrowly in favour of the Raiders, who have been wound in from $1.55 into $1.38. The Titans have eased from $2.38 out to $3.15. And bizarre bet of the week goes to one punter who’s staked $3.00 on the Titans beating the Raiders to nil at $101!
Storm v Knights: Money is 4 to 1 for the Storm sees them firm favourites at $1.28 from $1.34 with Newcastle moving out to $3.70 from $3.40.
“Manly have been one of the superior teams of the last decade in the NRL while the Eels are coming off back-to-back wooden spoons and a 52-point hiding so we’re not sure what is doing here,” sportsbet.com.au’s Ben Hawes said.
Sportsbet will refund punters their head to head bet on any round three match if their team leads in the last 20 minutes but end up losing the game.
Markets courtesy of sportsbet.com.au
NRL Round 3
Wests Tigers v South Sydney Rabbitohs
$4.10 Wests Tigers (in from $4.75)
$1.26 South Sydney Rabbitohs (out from $1.16)
Brisbane Broncos v Sydney Roosters
$2.65 Brisbane Broncos (out from $2.35)
$1.50 Sydney Roosters (in from $1.50)
Penrith Panthers v Canterbury Bulldogs
$1.57 Penrith Panthers (in from $1.60)
$2.45 Canterbury Bulldogs (out from $2.25)
Cronulla Sharks v St. George Illawarra Dragons
$2.40 Cronulla Sharks (out from $2.10)
$1.60 St. George Illawarra Dragons (in from $1.80)
North Queensland Cowboys v New Zealand Warriors
$1.38 North Queensland Cowboys (out from $1.33)
$3.15 New Zealand Warriors (in from $3.20)
Manly Sea Eagles v Parramatta Eels
$1.20 Manly Sea Eagles (in from $1.22)
$4.75 Parramatta Eels (out from $4.00)
Canberra Raiders v Gold Coast Titans
$1.38 Canberra Raiders (in from $1.53)
$3.15 Gold Coast Titans (out from $2.38)
Melbourne Storm v Newcastle Knights
$1.28 Melbourne Storm (steady)
$3.70 Newcastle Knights (out from $3.40)
2014 NRL Grand Final winner
$4.50 Sydney Roosters
$5.00 South Sydney Rabbitohs
$7.00 Melbourne Storm
$7.50 Manly Sea Eagles
$13 North Queensland Cowboys
$15 Canterbury Bulldogs
$15 Brisbane Broncos
$17 Penrith Panthers
$19 New Zealand Warriors
$26 St. George Illawarra Dragons
$29 Newcastle Knights
$41 Cronulla Sharks
$41 Gold Coast Titans
$41 Parramatta Eels
$41 Canberra Raiders
$51 Wests Tigers