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Nic Ladds 23rd Jun 2009 - 13:36

Blues to leave Maroons with red faces

The State Of Origin is one of the most hard fought series anywhere in the world and this year 4/7 shots Queensland are going for their fourth win in a row.

These yearly fixtures between players representing the state of Queensland (The Maroons) against players representing the state of New South Wales (The Blues) is fiercely competitive with some of the best players the NRL has to offer on display making it hugely entertaining.

It has been very even over the years with The Blues winning the three years before Queensland entered their period of dominance and the Maroons are at odds of 13/10 to get back on track and win this game.

Despite Queensland winning the series for the last three years, the matches are often desperately close and it is no surprise to see the handicap set with The Maroons giving up just 4 points at odds of 10/11 while New South Wales are also 10/11 in receipt of the 4 points, while a handicap tie is 14/1.

Since the odds suggest it will be close if you fancy a winning margin bet then a New South Wales victory of 1-5 points is 11/2 while 6-10 points is 13/2.

For a Queensland win, 1-5 and 6-10 are both 5/1 while if you fancy the favourites to live up to their tag then 16-20 points is a healthy looking 17/2.

This is even more compelling when you consider that 14 of the 29 openers in the State Of Origin have been decided by 6 points or less.

The dozen winning margins market gives you a bit more leeway in your betting with a home victory by 1-12 points 12/5 and an away win by the same margin is 7/4.

So who are the players to look out for and who could really stand out for their respective side in two teams packed full of superstars?

For New South Wales, Robbie Farah has had a superb season and will be threat from his likely starting position of hooker and is 3/1 to score anytime.

Jarryd Hayne, Kurt Gidley and Jamie Lyon are three other potential match winners coming from the back line and the trio are 10/1, 16/1 and 14/1 respectively to cross the line first.

For Queensland, Darren Lockyer and Jonathan Thurston will have a huge impact on how the game plays out having played in every series together since 2005.

They know each other's games inside out and will create chances for sure and either could be worth a bet at 2/1 and 7/4 respectively to score a try anytime.

The wide men will be huge threat with Israel Folau, the man who recently broke the record for most tries in a debut year 8/1 to score first while the dangerous pair Greg Inglis and Billy Slater are both 9/1 to bag the first try - one of our in house rugby league gurus Craig Porter insists that Slater is the man to score first and with phrases like "would put my house on it" being thrown around there will certainly be one extatic man should his wish come true, but everyone has their opinion which you can leave below on our comments slot.

This should be an absolutely fascinating game and while Queensland are favourites, this could go either way with home advantage seemingly meaning little through the history of this competition.

The experience of The Maroons could be too much for the youthful enthusiasm of The Blues but based on the prices an outright win for New South Wales is the tentative selection with Robbie Farah to score a try at anytime priced at 3/1.

New South Wales - 13/10
Robbie Farah to score anytime - 3/1

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