Australia remain the red-hot favourites to win the 2011 Four Nations after reaching the final thanks to Saturday’s win over England at Wembley Stadium.
The Four Nations heads into the final weekly rounds this weekend with Australia already qualified for the final and they will face either New Zealand or England at Elland Road on Saturday November 19.
The Kangaroos, who defeated New Zealand in the opening weekend 26-12, backed that up with a 36-20 success over England on Saturday and they are now 2/11 odds-on favourites with Bet365
to win the tournament despite being pushed all the way by Steve McNamara’s men.
Australia now face Wales this Sunday and arse expected to wrap up a comfortable win despite probably resting a few key players. The Aussies can be backed at 1/500 with Victor Chandler
to win the game with Wales on offer at 40/1.
Handicap betting for this game sees Wales given a 50 point start at 10/11 with Victor Chandler, and although Wales have been poor they are not really that bad so this bet could come off, or you could go for Australia at -50 for the same price.
The main game everyone will be watching will be Saturday’s encounter between New Zealand and England at the KC Stadium - with the winner advancing to the final.
Both teams have a win each with the Kiwis picking up their first with a 36-0 triumph over Wales at Wembley and they are still second favourites at 5/1 with BetFred.
England are on offer at 10/1 to win the competition with Ladbrokes
and those odds do not reflect how well England are playing at the moment. They may been beaten by Australia at the weekend but they battled hard and gave the Aussies a tougher match than the Kiwis did the week before.
England do have some injury concerns to contend with as James Graham, Jamie Peacock and Gareth Ellis all picked up knocks at Wembley and McNamara’s men are capable of beating New Zealand and are backed at 6/5 with Victor Chandler. The Kiwis are available at 8/13 with the draw on offer at 20/1.
England were punished by some bad decisions and inept defending at times, but if they can improve on that then they will reach the final and it is worth noting the handicap for this match with England being handed a four point start at 10/1, while the Kiwis -4 are the same price.