Wed, Aug 3, 4:01pm by Staff Writer
Two dominant forward packs will battle it out for supremacy to reassert themselves in their positions on the ladder. With Canberra and Brisbane hot on their heels the loser of this match will be in danger of falling out of the top four.
The Bulldogs are on a four match winning streak and will be looking to overturn odds of $2.85 on William Hill. With Origin over and their stars rested in the last Round the Cowboys stand as favourites for this match at $1.42. The return of those players will be a huge boost to North Queensland as they look to stay in the unlikely hunt for top two finish.
It is the Cowboys who dominate the odds for a first Try Scorer and Match Winner Double with Javid Bowen and Antonio Winterstein priced at $11.00 to score first and North Queensland to win. The best price for a Canterbury player to score first is Brett Morris, however, that is combined with a Cowboys victory. For a Bulldogs player to score and then their team to go on to win the match, Brett Morris tops the odds again at $19.00.
William Hill are backing a big victory for the Cowboys over the Bulldogs with a win by 1-12 points at $3.00 compared to a 13+ win priced at $2.50. Margins for a Canterbury win stand at $4.40 for 1-12 points and $7.00 for a win of 13+ points. With North Queensland as favourites overall heading into this match the addition of a margin is the best way to improve the prices for both sides.
A number of more obscure markets are available on William Hill including the event of a 40/20 occurring. The price for none occurring is $1.15 but in the event one or more takes place they are paying $5.00. The option of whether the first try of the first half is converted is also available priced at $1.35 for yes and $3.05 for an unsuccessful attempt.
It is possible to pit opposing players against each other in terms of most tries scored and the stand out odds are between Javid Bowen and Brett Morris. For either player to best the other William Hill are offering $2.75 with a tie standing at $2.60. Lachlan Coote and Will Hopoate face off with both players priced at $3.50 and a tie between the two at $1.85.
The return of their Origin stars may well have the odds leaning heavily in favour of the North Queensland Cowboys but the Bulldogs have enough quality in their side to test them. Whether they can overcome the temperature change from Sydney to the tropics is another factor in what will be an epic clash.
Bet of the Match: Cowboys to Win by 1-12 points at $3.00
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