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NRL announces 2017 fixture with market tightest in history

Thu, Nov 24, 4:25pm by Jake Equid

The National Rugby League released the 2017 fixture on Thursday morning and if the betting market is anything to go by then we are in for an extremely tight season.

Three teams are equal premiership favourites, the Storm are $8 to go one better than they achieved this season and joining them at the top of the market are two Queensland clubs, the Broncos and the Cowboys.

Following that trio on the next line of betting, just a dollar back at $9 are another trio, the Panthers and defending premiers Sharks are joined by the club that has had the most money invested on them – the Canberra Raiders.

After narrowly losing the Preliminary final this year, the Raiders are the punters’ favourite to win it all in 2017. They’ve had 30% more money invested on them than the team who eliminated them this season, the Storm, who are the second most popular.

Interestingly, the club that’s had the most individual bets on them is Newcastle, who are at the huge odds of $201. The biggest wager on the Knights was $114 for a potential collect of $22,914.

Sportsbet’s Christian Jantzen said “Never before have we seen six teams within a single dollar of each other in the premiership market but the only team punters want to back at the moment is the Raiders.”

The season will start on Thursday March 2 with the reigning Premiers, the Cronulla Sharks ($1.80) taking on the Brisbane Broncos ($2) in a blockbuster match at Shark Park.

The other must-see games of the opening round include a match-up between both the losing Preliminary finalists from this season, the Cowboys ($1.45) and the Raiders ($2.75).

The Sea Eagles ($1.70) take on the Eels ($2.15) on the first Sunday of the season in a match that always has plenty on the line but even more so now given the fact that former Manly players Clint Gutherson, David Gower, Kieran Foran and Anthony Watmough were all on Parra’s books this past season.

The Rabbitohs ($1.50) will also take on the Tigers ($2.60) in the opening round which will see Robbie Farah take on his former club.

The league’s CEO Todd Greenberg told reporters at the launch that the 2017 schedule includes a reduction in five-day turnarounds, the introduction of a 6pm Friday game and matches in every mainland State of Australia.

Sportsbet Market

2017 Premiership Winner

$8.00   Broncos

$8.00   Cowboys

$8.00   Storm

$9.00   Raiders

$9.00   Sharks

$9.00   Panthers

$13      Warriors

$13      Roosters

$15      Eels

$15      Rabbitohs

$17      Bulldogs

$17      Titans

$17      Sea Eagles

$29      Tigers

$81      Dragons

$201    Knights


Round 1 Matches

$1.80   Sharks

$2.00   Broncos


$2.00   Bulldogs

$1.80   Storm


$1.50   Rabbitohs

$2.60   Tigers


$2.35   Dragons

$1.60   Panthers


$1.45   Cowboys

$2.75   Raiders


$1.80   Titans

$2.00   Roosters


$1.18   Warriors

$4.85   Knights


$1.70   Sea Eagles

$2.15   Eels

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