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Queensland v New South Wales State of Origin Game 2 Betting Tips - Maroons to clinch series at home

  • Queensland and New South Wales collide in Game II of the 2016 State of Origin series on Wednesday, June 22
  • Maroons can wrap up the series with a win
  • Queensland won eight of last 10 matches at Suncorp
Queensland face NSW on Wednesday, June 22 at Suncorp Stadium

Queensland will be aiming to wrap up the 2016 State of Origin series when they play host to New South Wales in Game II on Wednesday, June 22.

The game will be played at Suncorp Stadium with kick off scheduled for 8.00pm AEST - Latest William Hill odds: Queensland ($1.55), New South Wales ($2.45).

The Maroons take a 1-0 series lead back to Brisbane after edging the Blues 6-4 in the opening game in Sydney earlier this month.

New South Wales face a monumental uphill battle if they are to deny Queensland their 10th State of Origin series win in the last 11 years. You get the feeling NSW needed to win Game 1 in Sydney - now they must travel north to the daunting cauldron that is Suncorp Stadium and defeat an iconic Queensland side on their own turf to send the series to a decider.

The Maroons are the big favourites here, you can’t deny otherwise. Queensland have won eight of the last 10 matches played at Suncorp, including last year’s thumping 52-6 victory in Game III - Queensland’s biggest ever win over NSW. For all the talk that the Maroons were ageing and on their last legs, they’ve won three of the last four games played, restricting the Blues to just 46 points over that period. Furthermore, they’ve won three of the last four games at Suncorp by 20 points or more. Given NSW haven’t scored more than 12 points at Suncorp since 2012, it’s looking increasingly likely that Queensland will simply have too much firepower for the Blues on Wednesday night.

Latest William Hill odds:

Source: William Hill

NSW have averaged just 10 points under the tutelage of Daley. The Blues were camped on the Queensland line for much of the second half in Game 1, but couldn’t create any meaningful chances to threaten. Adam Reynolds, James Maloney and Matt Moylan have immense pressure on them this game. If no Blues player can produce some individual brilliance to bust the line, then much of the creativity will rest on the aforementioned players. Are they really the answer to beating Queensland in Queensland? You’ve got to have your doubts, especially after their efforts in Sydney.




Nevertheless, Daley clearly believes these 17 players are the best men for the job, remaining loyal apart from one forced change. Boyd Cordner, NSW’s only try scorer from Game 1, is out injured, with Tyson Frizell coming in for initial replacement Wade Graham, who was suspended on Wednesday for a careless high tackle while playing for the Sharks last Monday. Dylan Walker, who was heavily criticised for his contribution in Sydney, has been retained and it will be interesting to see how Daley utilities his talents this time around. Throwing him into the middle of the action with 10 minutes to go and asking him to change the game is a mammoth and perhaps unfair task. Andrew Fifita will also need more game time in Brisbane - he was devastating when he came on in the second half, and the Blues will need more of that impact throughout the 80 minutes.

Queensland have also been forced into one change from their victorious line-up, with Nate Myles ruled out with a knee problem he picked up last weekend. The Maroons don’t lose anything however, with 11-game veteran Jacob Lillyman coming into the side in a straight swap. Queensland don’t need to change anything too much for this clash, despite only winning by two points in Sydney. If they are disciplined and don’t invite NSW down to their line, the game will be in their hands. They look far more dangerous when attacking, and with Johnathan Thurston, Cooper Cronk and Cameron Smith, along with State of Origin’s most prolific try scorers - Greg Inglis and Darius Boyd - you’d think Queensland would be crossing the line multiple times on Wednesday night.

Prediction:

You just can’t tip against Queensland here. NSW barely offered anything in attack at home, so unless they’ve improved drastically in a few weeks, I can’t seem them troubling the Maroons enough to secure victory. Queensland have match-winners all over the park and have done it on countless times in the past. I’ll back NSW to keep it close with the series on the line, but Queensland simply have too much class and too much firepower. The Maroons will claim their 10th series win in the last 11 years on June 22.

Recommended Bet:

Margin: Queensland 1-12 (17/10, William Hill)


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